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Encyclia tampensis

This is a discussion on Encyclia tampensis within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Endemic to Tampa, Florida. Blooming all year round. Very floriferous. Among the smallest encyclia I ...

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    Default Encyclia tampensis

    Endemic to Tampa, Florida. Blooming all year round. Very floriferous. Among the smallest encyclia I have seen. Nice and compact .

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    Salam En Mazlan, lovely lovely very pretty and nice smell, do you have the alba form?

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    Very beautiful. Lots of flowers. I also see a lot of "anak".....hint..hint......lol.

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    This may very well be the best blooming Encyclia tampensis I have seen. Thanks for posting these wonderful photos. AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by zainal abidin View Post
    Salam En Mazlan, lovely lovely very pretty and nice smell, do you have the alba form?
    No, I do not have the alba form. The alba would be a very nice compliment to this. Seen it in local blogs but never in nurseries around here. Thanks for looking and commenting, En. Zainal. Salam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    This may very well be the best blooming Encyclia tampensis I have seen. Thanks for posting these wonderful photos. AL
    Thanks AL, for looking and commenting .

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    Quote Originally Posted by seetmei View Post
    Very beautiful. Lots of flowers. I also see a lot of "anak".....hint..hint......lol.
    Just pm me if you are interested .

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    I think I may have a bit of the alba form going spare if you care to pm me.
    The alba form is the only one we get to see here since one of our local trade chaps does a regular importation from a well-known Cattleya nursry in USA - who offer the form E.tampensis alba "Mendenhall' . I have bought it twice, but also have an unnamed clone with different shaped bulbs - less globular, more fig shaped , but the flowers look very much the same. It is my impression that the alba is smaller all round - flowers, leaves, the lot - but I may be wrong, or it may be my culture ? It does not do too well in my conditions - I need to do a bit of experimenting to find a compost where it will get enough water without actually drowning .
    I wonder how and where it grows in Florida ? In the Everglades presumably, but perhaps it needs it a bit cooler than I provide in the winter ( there was frost on the orange blossom at Kissimee when I spent a few weeks there in January one year )

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    It grows in Tampa, for sure. You don't see it as often as you did years ago. Between habit destruction and over collecting you just have to know where to look. It survives the winters without any trouble.
    I remember seeing massive plants growing intertwined with Polypodium polypodioides, our native resurrection fern. They would just drip off the limbs of southern oak trees.

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    Thanks - I should have guessed - Tampa - tampensis ( who's a bit thick this morning ? ). I guess that's not too far from Orlando/Kissimee - when i toured Florida some years ago I went clockwise from Miamai, The Keys, ( never did find Jay's place ) thro' the Everglades, up the west coast, stopping at Sanibel Island for a week or two, ( one place I'd buy another house if I woke up tomorrow to find Bill Gates had selected me for a gift of a billion or two ) then Tampa Bay before going across to stay for a while with (English) friends who at that time were running an orchid business at Kissimee.
    There is a native Polypodium grows epiphytically on old oak trees in the damper parts of the New Forest here in Southern England. Maybe our orchid will like some of its rhizomes to mingle with. I'll look out for some.

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