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Aloha and help IDing an Encyclia

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Kaloman, May 31, 2019.

  1. Kaloman

    Kaloman New Member

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    aloha, I’m a very amateur orchid grower in Hawai’i and got a mystery orchid at a sale which just bloomed. Any help with ID would be great.

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  2. DanaRaluca

    DanaRaluca Active Member

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    :) Welcome. Your encyclia (I hope I'm not mistaken it) is very beautiful. Is it fragrant?
  3. JPM

    JPM New Member

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    Greetings from Florida! My first thought, on looking at the photo of your mystery Encyclia, was that it was likely a Brazilian plant-- perhaps form of Enc. osmantha --or Enc. naranjapatensis, from the Andes-- the rather spatulate tepals and the way the petals are a bit closer to the lateral sepals than the dorsal one strengthens the Brazilian impression. But then those quite large, and spreading, rather than involute, lateral lobes of the lip-- they make me wonder if it is not either an albescent (and rather fine!) form of Enc. alata, or a new species closely related to it. Are the flowers strongly fragrant? At midday, morning, or afternoon? What is the fragrance like-- honey, violets, roses, tea, or something else? (There is a wide range of scents in the genus-- I once had a clone of E. alata whose flowers had a strong scent I only can describe as "new car smell"!) How large are the flowers? (Enc. alata has large flowers for the genus-- two inches and a bit more-- and Enc. osmantha's blooms are also large, about 2 inches or so-- but those of Enc. naranapatensis are smaller, just over an inch.) Did the seller have any idea of the source of the plant? Is it a large plant, or compact? How many leaves per pseudobulb? (Most Encyclias have 1-2 but some have 3.) Are the pseudobulbs longer and more conical or shorter and more onion or egg-shaped? The inflorescence is clearly paniculate in your photo. All of these traits can help identify the plant. But an idea of where it came from (assuming it is a species and not a hybrid) would be very important in zeroing in on the identification. Well, best of luck, and I hope you will come to be an Encyclia enthiusast like me! (Encyclia in the broadest sense-- sensu latu, so to put it-- including Anacheilium, Prosthechea, Euchile, Pollardia and related genera like Psychilis…) Best of luck!