Thursday, July 9, 2009

Encyclia bracteata in bloom

Encyclia bracteata - Photo by Richard LindbergEncyclia bracteata - 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 bracteata grows in Brazil in low elevation forests. It is fragrant, warm growing and blooms in summer.

I don't remember when I got this plant, but it was at POE from Andy's Orchids. It was before I moved into the greenhouse, so I am thinking six years ago. It has bloomed every year in the greenhouse.

While blooming is an indication that a plant is happy, vigorous growth is another, and this plant has grown very little. It has three new growths right now, and I moved it this year to a more tropical micro climate, so maybe it will do better.

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