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Orchid Species: Encyclia cordigera

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Encyclia cordigera is an orchid species identified by (Kunth) Dressler in 1964.
Encyclia (E.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
(Kunth) Dressler
ORIGIN: Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and Peru as a medium sized, bifoliate, hot to warm growing epiphyte, but can occasionally be lithophytic, occurring in dry forests, tropical rainforests and in dense scrub at an altitude of 0 to 900 meters.

DESCRIPTION: A medium sized, bifoliate, hot to warm growing epiphyte, but can occasionally be lithophytic, with ovoid-pyriform, to subglobose pseudobulbs, subtended by a scarious sheaths in youth, sulcate with age and carrying 2 oblong-elliptic, obtuse, coriaceous, narrowing below into an elongate, narrow, petiole-like base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an apical, to 2' [60 cm] long, few to many flowered, racemose inflorescence with a short, basal bract and strongly fragrant, heavily textured flowers.

FLOWER SIZE: 3 inches [7.5 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Encyclia E doeringii 1946 Hoehne
Add+ Encyclia E macrochila 1846 (Hook.) Neumann
Add+ Epidendrum Epi cordigerum 1969 (Kunth) Foldats
Add+ Epidendrum Epi doeringii 1957 (Hoehne) A.D.Hawkes
Add+ Epidendrum Epi macrochilum 1836 Hook.
Add+ Limodorum Limo purpureum 1841 Lour. ex Steud.
Add+ Encyclia E cordigera f. atropurpurea
Add+ Cymbidium Cym cordigerum 1816 Kunth in F.W.H.von Humboldt
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