Encyclia prismatocarpa

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Encyclia prismatocarpa (not my photo)

Common Name: The Prismatic Seed-pod Encyclia
Scented: yes
Light Requirements: partial shade
Temperature Requirements: intermediate to cool
Blooms: spring to autumn
Flower Size: 5cm
Synonyms: Epidendrum maculatum hort.; *Epidendrum prismatocarpum Rchb. f. 1852; Epidendrum uro-Skinneri hort.; Prosthechea prismatocarpa (Rchb. f.) W.E. Higgins 1997; Pseudencyclia prismatocarpa (Rchb.f.) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2003

Found in Mexico and Central America in lower montane cloud forests on larger tree branches, this large-sized species has elongate, conic pseudobulbs with 2 to 3 oblong-elliptic leaves and provides bright, long lasting, fragrant flowers in the spring, summer and autumn on an apical, erect, to 37.5cm long, densely to loosely, few to many [6 to 35] flowered raceme subtended by a papery basal sheath and arising on a newly matured pseudobulb with long-lasting waxy, fragrant flowers. Very striking! Grows as a warm to cool epiphytic orchid with moderate light and is found at altitudes of 1200 to 2500 meters.


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