Encyclia microtos (Rchb. f.) Hoehne 1952 Photo by Ruben Sauleda

Reichenbach's TYPE Collection sheet by Reichenbach Herbarium

What is commonly known as E microtis NOT! Photo by Ed Merkle

Another Flower of what is commonly known as E microtis NOT Photo by Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

Common Name The Tiny-Eared Encyclia

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil in wet montane forests as a small sized, caespitose, warm growing epiphyte at elevations around 600 meters with ellipsoid, conical or tapered above, glossy smooth pseudobulbs subtended by several scarious sheaths. There are 2, apical, linear-oblong and conduplicate, clasping at the base leaves that bloom in the winter in nature on a terminal, erect, then arching, to 40" [to 100 cm] long, paniculate, loosely 3 to 5 flowered on each separate branch, many flowered inflorescence covered with pustules or whitish pappilae.

CAUTION!!!!! Ruben Sauleda HAS FOUND in southern Colombia that what has commonly been known as E microtis [mostly in Ecuador and Peru] is not that, as to what we are still working on. Reference Reichenbach's type above and you can see that the petals are not right for the commonly accepted E microtis but exact for Ruben's photo.

Synonyms *Epidendrum microtos Rchb. f. 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Epidendrum microtis; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as Epidendrum microtos; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol VI Withner 2000 photo/drawing hmmm not; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 037 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing hmm not; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 hmm not; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 hmm not