Encyclia santos-dumontii

Common Name: Santos Dumont Orchid

Habitat: Brazil. This species has only been discovered in a small area of Brazil on a military base where it grows on trees in seasonally flooded forests.

Plant Size: Medium-Large. Encyclia santos-dumontii has small, club-shaped pseudobulbs that have up to three leaves that grow up to 13 inches (34 cm).

Flower Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Flower Description: The petals and sepals of Encyclia santos-dumontii are greenish-brown in color. The lip is white with purple veins. A few flowers are produced on an unbranched stem that does not exceed the height of the leaves.

Bloom Season: Summer?

Growing Temperature: Intermediate.

Additional Information: This species was named after Alberto Santos-Dumont who is the father of Brazilian aviation and was discovered on his birthday by a Brazilian Air Force officer. Encyclia santos-dumontii is not in cultivation to the best of my knowledge.

Synonyms: None.


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