Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Encyclia parviflora in bloom

Encyclia parviflora - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Encyclia (Encycl) contains 240 species that grow throughout all of tropical America and the West Indies. They prefer intermediate conditions and a long, dry winter rest.

Encyclia parviflora grows in Mexico and Nicaragua. It is fragrant, hot growing and needs bright light.

I usually have a plant photo to show you but for some reason I don't have one for this plant. I have made it a goal to have a picture of every plant in the collection.

The original motivation for this was searching for information on what a plant looks like. It is almost impossible to find a good plant picture. Even OrchidSpecies.com confines itself to a verbal description that may generate an image to a scientist but means little to me.

About three years ago I started photographing my plants when I got them or re-potted them. Now there are very few plants I don't have a picture of. Later today I will pull this plant out the greenhouse and add a photo.

UPDATE: In doing this entry, I realized that I have missed an opportunity. I have not been using the "alt" tags on the plant pictures. Google makes an effort to figure out what a picture is of from the text around it, but it is much easier if I just tell it.

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