Friday, October 21, 2016
Encyclia alata [Bateman]Schlechter 1914
I brought this plant many years ago, at a small stall in a local Mall. It would produce gigantic pseudobulbs, easily avocado sized. The inflorescences were massive, at one time one produced one hundred flowers at the same time. Unfortunately I lost it to root rot when I moved to a place high in the mountains that was way more humid than this plant can tolerate. It differed from almost all the Enc. elata I have seen in cultivation in that the flower segments were longer, with curled back sides and the flowers were larger.