Encyclia alata (Epidendrum alatum)


Encyclia alata (Bateman) Schltr. 1914, also Epidendrum alatum Bateman 1840 (Basionym), is an epiphytic, occasionally terrestrial growing orchid species, native to Central America, from Mexico to Costa Rica.

The fragrant flowers of Encyclia alata, with a honey-like scent, get a size of up to about 6 cm in diameter. Inflorescences reach lengths up to 1,5 meter and are packed with up to 35 flowers. Flowering period: Spring - Autumn. Encyclia alata (Epidendrum alatum) orchids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival). The tropical orchid requires intermediate - warm temperatures and bright light. The potting medium should dry out between waterings and the drying periods should be extended during the winter rest. Because of its very long, arching inflorescences Encyclia alata orchids are best cultivated in hanging baskets.

Encyclia alata
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