Encyclia tampensis

Range:

Habitat: epiphytic in swamps, hammocks and moist hardwood forests
Common name: Florida Butterfly Orchid
Blooming: June-July and sporadically throughout the year
Comments: this plant can achieve impressive size when mature, with many dozens of pseudobulbs with leaves up to 18 inches (45 cm) long, although they reach blooming age at a much smaller size. The fragrant, one-inch (2.5 cm) flowers are borne on a many-branched panicle. The typical flower coloration consists of green tepals overlaid with red and a white lip with a purplish blotch on it. Atypical forms include semi-alba forms with pure green tepals and an albo-labia form with a pure white lip.


Photographs:

Encyclia tampensis (Epidendrum tampense)
Flower (typical color form)

Encyclia tampensis (Epidendrum tampense)
Flower (typical color form)
Encyclia tampensis (Epidendrum tampense)
Partial inflorescence

Encyclia tampensis (Epidendrum tampense)
Flower (typical color form)

Encyclia tampensis (Epidendrum tampense) forma albolabia 'Mendenhall' AM/AOS
forma albolabia 'Mendenhall' AM/AOS
 

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