Encyclia ossenbachiana Pupulin 2006
Inflorescence Photos by © Franco Pupulin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR
Common Name Ossenbach's Encyclia [Costa Rican Founder of the Charles H Lankester Foundation and botanist current]
Flower Size .8" [2 cm]
Found in Costa Rica in premontane rainforests at elevations of 1900 to 2100 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ovoid to subpyriform pseudobulbs subtended by evanescent, scarious bracts and carrying 2 apical, ligulate-oblong, acute, somewhat irregularily bilobed, becoming conduplicate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, arching, stout, warty, peduncle to 18" [45 cm] long, terete, enveloped by 6 to 8 scarious, tight bracts, paniculate, each branch to 2.8 to 5.6" [7 to 14 cm] long, perpendicular to the main rachis, warty, overall to 60" [150 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acute scarious floral bracts and carrying fragrant, spreading-reflexed flowers.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Selbyana 27: 4. 2006