Encyclia picta

Common Name: Painted Encyclia

Habitat: Brazil, Guyana. This species shares the same habitat as Encyclia chloroleuca and grows on trees.

Plant Size: Large. The leaves are leathery and have rounded tips.

Flower Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Flower Description: The petals and sepal of Encyclia picta are dull yellow-green or yellow-brown. The lip is white with dark red veins and stripes. Flowers are produced on an upright, branched inflorescence that bears many flowers.

Bloom Season: Summer (December and January in its native habitat).

Growing Temperature: Intermediate.

Additional Information: Encyclia picta was first described in 1883. Grow on a cork slab or on tree fern plaques or in slatted baskets. Provide typical Cattleya orchid growing conditions with ample air circulation. Reduce water during cool, cloudy weather to avoid root rot. Encyclia picta is a large species that has a somewhat confusing past but is worth seeking and growing if you like big plants.

Synonyms: Epidendrum pictum


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