Encyclia radiata is an orchid species identified by (Lindl.) Dressler in 1961. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Prosthechea radiata.
ORIGIN: Found in San Luis Potosi, Queretaro Hidalgo, Puebla, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Tabasco and Chiapas states of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize to Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela in varied type forests which include tropial evergreen, mixed pine and oak at an altitude of 150-2000 meters.
DESCRIPTION: Small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with ellipsoid to elliptic-ovoid, slightly compressed, grooved pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few scarious sheaths carrying 2 to 4, towards the apex, lanceolate-elliptic, obtuse or broadly acute leaves. It is a very fragrant species that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on an apical, short to 4 [10 cm], few to many [4 to 12] flowered inflorescence with non-resupinate, fragrant [sometimes not so good], heavy textured, cockleshell flowers and is easy to grow.
FLOWER SIZE: To around 1 inches [to 2.5 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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