Friday, May 29, 2009

Encyclia profusa

Encyclia profusa - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Encyclia (Encycl) contains 240 species that throughout all of tropical America and the West Indies. Intermediate conditions, long dry winter rest.

Encyclia profusa grows in Colombia. It is warm to hot growing and is fragrant. It is well named; the spikes are full of flowers and put on a good display.

This plant picture is two years old. I will take a new one soon, after I repot it. Both of those new growths bloomed last year and there are two spikes in bloom this year.

They have been open for quite awhile. That is one of my favorite aspects of true Encyclia species. Usually I grumble when the botanists reclassify species, but in the case of Encyclia they may have got it right.

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