Common Name: Chocolate Orchid
Habitat: Bahamas, Cuba, Cayman Island, Grand Turks and Caicos. It grows on trees near sea level.
Plant Size: Medium. The plant is robust and has one to three long linear leaves.
Flower Size: 2 inches (5 cm)
Flower Description: Flowers have olive brown petals and sepals and a purple lip. Fragrant; the flowers smell like chocolate. Up to 25 flowers are well displayed on a 36 inch (90 cm) branched inflorescence. The flower stem emerges from a mature pseudobulb.
Bloom Season: Spring to Fall
Growing Temperature: Warm
Additional Information: Encyclia phoenicea grows well mounted on tree branches, cork bark, or grown in a pot or basket. Keep on the dry side after growth matures. Provide standard Cattleya growing conditions with more humidity and heat for best flowering. The flowers do not all open at once but rather open over an extended period of time providing for a long bloom period.
Synonyms: Epidendrum grahamii; Epidendrum phoeniceum
The pale form is a cultivar called 'Cherokee'.