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Encyclia cordigera

This is a discussion on Encyclia cordigera within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Bravo...very nice...

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    Bravo...very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    Love it, Jeff, and thanks for the growing tips - I bought an Encyclia bractescens (pentotis) just for the fragrance at our orchid show a month ago - it has very tall pseudobulbs - looks almost like a dendrobium. It has small bloom sheaths that look pretty hopeless - do you know if Encyclias will bloom in a poor-looking sheath eventually? I have heard that cattleyas will do that...
    Hmmm... Encyclia bractescens and Encyclia pentotis (Prosthechea baculus) are not synonyms, not even similar. E. bractescens has rather egg shaped pseudobulbs similar to E. cordigera, so I presume from your description you have E. pentotis/Psh. baculus - somewhat similar to E. radiata/Psh. radiatum. In neither case would it have robust fleshy sheaths like some Cattleya/Laelia types, so I think your 'hopeless/poor-looking sheath' is probably just fine.

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    Lovely one! I got a 'Chocolate Sundae' version, smells like chocolate with honey. Yum!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    Hmmm... Encyclia bractescens and Encyclia pentotis (Prosthechea baculus) are not synonyms, not even similar. E. bractescens has rather egg shaped pseudobulbs similar to E. cordigera, so I presume from your description you have E. pentotis/Psh. baculus - somewhat similar to E. radiata/Psh. radiatum. In neither case would it have robust fleshy sheaths like some Cattleya/Laelia types, so I think your 'hopeless/poor-looking sheath' is probably just fine.
    You are, of course, right that it's not an E. bractescens., which I also have and was reading about at the same time I wrote this post. It IS an E. pentotis, but I think perhaps it's been consigned to the genus Prosthechea more recently. In any event, I am very glad to hear the sheaths may indeed prosper. Thank you and I apologize for the mixup.

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    Cool flowers on this orchid, but I really admire the healthy p-bulbs. Very pretty!

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    nice photo! i just bought one in bloom, and the daytime scent is amazing. sweet and spicy. cinnamon. i see online they should smell like chocolate, but i smell jasmine and cinnamon.

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