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Encyclia ???

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    I thought it was alata when I bought it back in September. It sent out 2 spikes, but I lost 1 due to rot. Finally the second spike starts to bloom. I am not sure what it is, but certain it is NOT alata.
    1). My other small alata blooms in May. This one blooms in fall;
    2). Flower on this one is about 1.5", which is smaller than alata;
    3). Flower is more greenish, no orange color on this one at all;
    4). No fragrance at all;
    5). Some pbulbs send out 3 leaves, some have 2 leaves. Leaves are not as stiff as alata, almost look like cymbidium leaves.

    I think it might be belizensis, but doesn't belizensis bloom in spring too?
    Any idea?
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    Looks like Encyclia tampense, I think.

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    I was going to say tampense...but I have that one on the brain and always think anything Encyclia is tampense. lol So....if you don't get the tag and can't handle a noid like that...i'll give it a tree to sit on. : 0)~

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    It is really nice. I am not sure it is Encyclia tampense, though it could very well be. I have the alba variety. Here it is if you want to compare. Encyclia tampense 'alba'

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    Thank you, guys!

    I just read from internet that tampense blooms June to August and could again in September on a robust plant. But it says has sweet scent, mine doesn't have any scent so far. Reading from BD and Shann's posts, it looks like pbulbs on mine are bigger, like 1" wide, 2" tall, which means they are not as round as tampense.

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    It could very well be the belizensis. I don't know if I would hang an ID on when it blooms so much. Sometimes, in my admittedly limited experience, when they are out of their natural habitat they can bloom at odd times. But I agree it might be belizensis instead of tampense.

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    yes, they seem very closely to each other, anyway your is very cute.

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    It is Enc belizensis. Withner renamed it guatemalensis but I prefer to avoid that confusing name...

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    Hey all. Encyclia belizensis usually has tepals more spathulate, not as acuminate. The tepals also seem to have a very thick substance. Also, the side lobes are quite large and spreading, and the midlobe has ridges and streaks of red/purple. Not at all a tampensis, either. There are many encyclias from the West Indies that are hybrids or have hybrid backgrounds... my best guess is, could this be Encyclia altissima? What are the plants like? Large? Small? Tall elliptical pseudobulbs, or cepiform, or ovate? How long is the flower stalk? Are the blooms crowded or widely spaced? Is it a simple raceme, or paniculate? The flowers of E. tampensis smell, usually, of honey (there are exceptions)... are these scentless? Check late am to early pm, as this is the most common time for encyclias to release their scents. (E. cordigera smells of spices; E. aspera, like raspberries; E. gallopavina, like brewed tea; Encyclia (Pollardia) tripunctata smells, to me, like lilacs; probably, honey or jasmine-like scents are the most common in Encyclia. Good luck!

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