Encyclia schmidtii

Common Name: Schmidt's Encyclia

Habitat: Brazil. Encyclia schmidtii is native to scrubby prairies in the Brazilian state of Mato Brosso.

Plant Size: Medium. The pseudobulbs of Encyclia schmidtii grow to 1.5 inches (3.5 cm) tall and have to leaves that grow to 7 inches (18 cm) long.

Flower Size: About 1 inch (2.5 cm).

Flower Description: Slightly Fragrant. The flowers of Encyclia schmidtii are greenish-brown with a white lip. The lip has some broken reddish striations. Petals and sepals are wavy and twisted. Few to several flowers are produced on an unbranched flower stem that grows to 18 inches (45 cm).

Bloom Season: Spring (September and October in Brazil)

Growing Temperature: Intermediate to Warm.

Additional Information: Encyclia schmidtii was named in honor of Brazilian Antonio Schmidt who found the plant and helped Fowlie, Duveen, and Menezes in researching Brazilian Encyclia species in their native habitats. This species was first discovered in the late 1980's and first described to the scientific community in 1991. It is not widespread in horticulture.

Synonyms: None.


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