Common Name: Yellow and Green Encyclia
Habitat: Brazil. Encyclia viridiflava is native to the far western Brazilian state of Rondonia where they grow on trees.
Plant Size: Medium. Encyclia viridiflava has 1 inch (2.5 cm) pseudobulbs that produce two wide, upright leaves that grow to 9 inches (22 cm).
Flower Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Flower Description: The attractive star-shaped flowers of Encyclia viridiflava are lime green in color with a pale yellowish-green lip that has magenta markings. No fragrance. The flower spike is unbranched and produces up to seven flowers that bloom among the leaves.
Bloom Season: Winter (June in Brazil)
Growing Temperature: Intermediate.
Additional Information: This species may end up being a synonym for Encyclia chlorantha. Grow mounted on cork or in a slatted basket. Provide ample water during periods of active growth and provide the plants with a dry winter rest period with reduced water. Cattleya growing conditions are acceptable. This species was just described at the end of the twentieth century and is not widespread in the trade. I expect to see more of these attractive plants in the future.