Common Name: Seidel's Encyclia
Habitat: Brazil. Encyclia seidelii was found growing on trees in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais near the Datas region.
Plant Size: Medium.
Flower Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Flower Description: Encyclia seidelii has olive-green petals and sepals that have a red-brown wash. The lip is broad and rosy-magenta in color. There are 8 or 10 flowers that are widely spaced at near the tip of a tall (70 cm) unbranched flower spike.
Bloom Season: Spring (October in Brazil)
Growing Temperature: Intermediate
Additional Information: This distinctive species has beautiful flowers but is not widely grown and deserves more attention from orchid growers. Encyclia seidelii was discovered by Alvim Seidel who's family has owned an orchid nursery for generations. Grow mounted on cork bark or grow in a slatted basket. Provide bright light, good air circulation, and intermediate or warm growing conditions.