Common Name: Pedra Azul Encyclia
Native to: Brazil
Plant Size: Large. The egg-shaped pseudobulbs grow to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and the foliage reaches 18 inches (50 cm) tall. Each pseudobulb produces between 1 and 3 leaves that are 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide.
Flower Size: 2 inches (5 cm)
Flower Description: Well-grown plants produce very tall (over 1 meter) branched flower stems that bear over 40 flowers. The petals and sepals are green washed with brown. The lip is white to creamy white and has purple veins. The plant and flowers are similar to Encyclia osmantha.
Bloom Season: Summer
Growing Temperature: Intermediate to Warm
Additional Information: Encyclia pedra-azulensis is another large Encyclia species from South America that produces monstrously large plants with impressive flower spikes. Grow mounted on a large cork mount or in a slatted basket. Provide ample water and fertilizer during periods of active growth and let it dry out a little during cooler weather. Provide standard Cattleya conditions. This species was only described to science in the early 1990's and was discovered by an amateur orchid grower in Brazil.