Common Name: Few-Flowered Encyclia
Habitat: Brazil. Encyclia pauciflora grows on trees and is found in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
Plant Size: Small. Encyclia pauciflora has small, pear-shaped pseudobulbs that grow about an inch (3 cm) tall. Each pseudobulb produces 2 sword-shaped leaves that reach 4 inches (10 cm).
Flower Size: 2 inches (5 cm) or larger.
Flower Description: Encyclia pauciflora has relatively large flowers that are olive-brown or green in color. The petals and sepal reflex attractively and are well displayed on the stem above the foliage. The lip is white or (rarely) pink with purple veins. A slate blue "coerulea" form has been reported. Each flower stem produces four or five flowers.
Bloom Season: Summer (December in Brazil)
Growing Temperature: Intermediate.
Additional Information: This species has nice flowers and is compact and easy to grow. Unfortunately, it is uncommon in collections. Grow mounted on cork bark or tree fern. One author recommends slatted baskets with osmunda fiber. Water heavily during periods of active growth. Provide Cattleya growing conditions. No hybrids have been made with this species and it seems to have some potential for creating larger-flowered plants.
Synonyms: Epidendrum pauciflorum