Encyclia mooreana (Rolfe) Schltr. 1914

Side View Photo by Kjell Nilsson

Inflorescence Photo by Daniel Jimenez


Common Name Moore's Encyclia [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic species found in lower montane cloud forests on larger branches with shade at an elevations of 1250 to 2100 meters with pyriform to conic pseudobulbs subtended by a basal, papery bract and with 2 to 3, apical, oblanceolate, fleshy, obtuse and bilobed apically, conduplicate and clasping below leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on an apical, 20" to 6'+ [50 to 200 cm] long, heavily paniculate inflorescence arising on a newly mature pseudobulb with many fragrant [honey] flowers.

This species is a part of the Encyclia oncidioides complex and most likely is a synonym of it along with, Enc gravida, Enc guatemalensis, Enc stellata, and Enc guianensis.

Synonyms Encyclia brenesii Schlechter 1923; Encyclia oncidioides var. mooreana (Rolfe) Hoehne 1952; Encyclia tonduziana Schlechter 1923; *Epidendrum mooreanum Rolfe 1891; Epidendrum oncidioides var mooreanum [Rolfe]Ames, Hubbard & Schweinf. 1935; Epidendrum tonduzianum Schlechter 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 132. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 Encyclia tonduziana; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 221. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Encyclia brenesii; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 222. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Encyclia tonduziana; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum brenisii; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum oncidioides var mooreanum; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Epidendrum oncidioides var mooreanum; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as Epidendrum oncidioides var mooreanum; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Epidendrum mooreanum drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Epidendrum mooreanum drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 692 Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1426 Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Panama Dressler 1993 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Botanicas Orchids Laurel Glen 2002 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide;