Encyclia orchids – species, care tips, plants for sale Encyclia is a genus of lovely beautiful orchids from tropical America, closely related to genus Cattleya. Encyclia can cross with Cattleya, Laleia, Epidendrum and other orchids of the Laelinae clade. Encyclia orchids are epiphytes, which grow in forests with dry seasons. They are sympodial orchids with usually spherical or ovoid pseudobulbs and succulent leaves which are a part of adaptation to their native climate – high air humidity with some months completely lack any precipitation. There are about 160 species. Most of the species do not have a big value as decorative plants, but some of them definitely do. Encyclia’s flowers are lovely and may come in different colors, shapes, many of them are fairly scented, for instance, pink-flowered cultivars of Encyclia cordigera have lovely roses scent, Encyclia fragrans smells like a mix of honey and vanilla, Encyclia osmantha smells like grapes. Some species have unusual-looking upside down flowers with lips pointing up, resembling octopus such as famous Encyclia cochleata, also known as Cockleshell Orchid or Clamshell Orchid, or Black Orchid in Belize, where it is a national flower, Encyclia radiata and spicy-flavored Encyclia garciana. Because they have an ability to hybridize with other Cattleya Alliance orchids, they are extensively used in complex hybrids creation, especially lovely fairly scented Encyclia tampensis and Encyclia cordigera. Encyclia orchid care What’s about Encyclia orchid care? Most Encyclia orchids are suitable for indoor growing and are rather easy to grow, some of them such as...
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