~Encyclia prismatocarpa (Rchb. f.) Dressler 1961 See Panarica prismatocarpa [Rchb.f] Withner & Harding 2004 Photo courtesy ofEric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens
Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl, plant grown by Miramar Orchids
Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougherty
Common Name The Prismatic Seedpod Encyclia
Flower Size 2" [5 cm]
Found in Mexico and Central America in lower montane cloud forests on larger tree branches, this large-sized species has elongate, conic pseudobulbs with 2 to 3 oblong-elliptic leaves and provides bright, long lasting, fragrant flowers in the spring, summer and fall on an apical, erect, to 15" [37.5 cm] long, densly to loosely, few to many [6 to 35] flowered raceme subtended by a papery basal sheath and arising on a newly matured pseudobulb with longlasting waxy, fragrant flowers. Very striking! Grows as a warm to cool epiphytic orchid with moderate light and is found at altitudes of 1200 to 2500 meters.