Common Name: Rand's Encyclia (also known as Encyclia randii)
Habitat: Brazil and Peru. Encyclia randiana is found growing near the banks of the Amazon and its tributaries in northern Brazil and Peru. It is found in hot lowland rainforests at elevations ranging from 10 to 300 meters.
Plant Size: Small to Medium. The small, tightly-clustered pseudobulbs are pear-shaped and have one or two arching, sword-shaped leaves.
Flower Size: 2.5 inches (6 cm). Encyclia randiana has the largest flower of all the Encyclia species.
Flower Description: The flowers of Encyclia randiana are star-shaped and the petals are olive-green to red-brown in color. The lip is broad and large and is marked with a rose-magenta blotch with darker veins. Petals, sepals, and lips are ruffled. Large flowers are produced on a simple or branched inflorescence that grows to 24 inches (60 cm). Encyclia randiana var. rondoiensis has large pink flowers with a pink blotch on the lip.
Bloom Season: Late Spring to Summer
Growing Temperature: Warm.
Additional Information: This species is frequently sold as Encyclia cordigera var. randii. It is attractive and available from many commercial orchid growers. Provide warm, humid growing conditions and place the plant close to the glass for additional light. Grow on cork slabs or in slatted baskets. Expect to see many hybrids of this species in the future.
Synonyms: Epidendrum randii; Encyclia randii; encyclia randii var. rondoiensis; Epidendrum atropurpureum; Epidendrum atropurpureum var. randii; Encyclia cordigera var. randii