Encyclia michuacana (La Llave & Lex.) Schltr 1918 Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Tennis Maynard

Common Name The Michoacan Encyclia [A Mexican State]

Flower Size to about 1" [to about 2.5 cm]

This medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial found in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras with ovoid to pyriform, clustered pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, apical, elliptic lanceolate to ligulate, acute leaves can flower throughout the year on an apical, 5 1/2' [2 m] long, branched, many flowered inflorescence with fleshy long-lived flowers and is found in dry forests at 1500 to 2800 meters in elevation.

Synonyms Encyclia icthyphylla (Ames) Hoehne 1952; Encyclia virgata (Lindl.) Schltr. 1914; Epidendrum amabile L. Linden & Rchb. f. 1855; Epidendrum ichthyphyllum Ames 1923; *Epidendrum michuacanum La Llave & Lex. 1825; Epidendrum sphaerobulbon A. Rich & Gal. ?; Epidendrum virgatum Lindl. 1840; Prosthechea michuacana (La Llave & Lex.) W.E. Higgins 1997