For today, life has caught up with me and I have places to go and people to see. I may not be here if it opens today or tomorrow. There are, however, three more spikes developing so I will have another chance and better knowledge of the process.
Encyclia tampensis grows in Florida and the Bahamas at low altitudes and hot conditions. It is fragrant, needs moderate light and blooms in spring.
I have had this plant for quite awhile. It was one of my first Encyclia and helped generate my interest in that genus. This year it is blooming less well than usual, but that is entirely my fault. Last fall I moved it "temporarily" and never moved it back to proper light. I will correct that as soon as I fix the hanger. I have time to do that before going to Sonoma today.