Encyclia sclerocladia

Common Name: Stiff-stalked Encyclia

Habitat: Peru. The first plant was collected growing by the Maranon river in Peru.

Plant Size: Small to Medium.

Flower Size: Small. Less than 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Flower Description: The petals and sepals of Encyclia sclerocladia have a yellowish-green base with a red-brown or maroon markings and veining. The lip is small and whitish with some reddish markings. Several small flowers are produced on a stiff, upright flower stem.

Bloom Season: Spring

Growing Temperature: Intermediate to Warm.

Additional Information: The validity of Encyclia sclerocladia is somewhat in question. It has been confused with Encyclia bradfordii which is native to Venezuela. Dr. Withner, an expert in the field, seems to think that there is enough difference between the species along with separate distribution to warrant species status. Grow mounted on cork bark or tree fern or in a slatted basket. Typical Cattleya conditions are acceptable.

Synonyms: Epidendrum sclerocladium


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