Florida Butterfly Orchid (Encyclia tampensis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 18 inches
Plant Spread: 18 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Brown
Other: Yellow-Green or Brownish with white lip, petals & lip with a rose/purple spot or stripe. There are many variations. Green sepals & petals with various amounts of red. Tri-lobed lip; 2 either side & 3rd fan-shaped & blotched in purple.
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic


Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 15, 2013 12:34 PM

This is a native Florida orchid whose habitat is hardwood hammocks and swamps from central through south Florida. Most typically the Encyclia tampensis is found growing on live oak trees (Quercus virginiana) but will also grow on cypress (Taxodium sp.) pine trees (Pinus sp.) as well as pond apple (Annoa glabra), pop ash (Fraxinus caroliniana and palm trees.

The Encyclia tampensis has small one-half to one inch pseudobulbs that support one or two eight to twelve inch long grass-like leaves. Flower stems emerge from the leaf axle bearing a raceme or panicle of lovely flowers. Blooming from May through August (peaking in June), the fragrant flowers (fragrance is generally detected around mid-day) can be variable in size, shape and coloration. Flowers usually have green sepals & petals with various amounts of red. The bloom has a white tri-lobed lip, two on either side and the third is fan-shaped and blotched in purple.

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