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Encyclia Orchids - LBJs (Little Brown Jobs)

This is a discussion on Encyclia Orchids - LBJs (Little Brown Jobs) within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hello friends. I am really an Encyclia fan (Encycliast?) partly for the aromas, partly... well ...

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    Default Encyclia Orchids - LBJs (Little Brown Jobs)

    Hello friends. I am really an Encyclia fan (Encycliast?) partly for the aromas, partly... well just because. (How can we say why?) They tend to be either little milky blooms, or little brown jobs as we say here. They all have something very endearing about them!

    Here is this year's show from my Encyclia pterocarpa: (so small and delicate- and yet after four months, it is still in bloom and going strong)

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    And here is Encyclia alata, another small plant, but with a vastly out-of-scale spike and rather larger flowers. (It has now finished blooming.)

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    I very much like both flowers, but the second isn't E. alata (can't tell you what it is, though)

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    I to love the Encyclia's and these are fine examples of how impressive they can be. To bad I can't smell them as that would just add to the attraction. Those spikes can be quite amazing. AL

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    beautiful display, they prove that size isn't everything

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    Beautiful! Great looking display too..

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    Oh-oh! You know, I saw one uncomfortably like it on the showbench last month labeled as "E alctam" (I see in my notes, with ??? next to it) I thought it was just a huge misspelling- but there may be more to it than that... Thank you for bringing this up. Hmm, the plot thickens!
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    I very much like both flowers, but the second isn't E. alata (can't tell you what it is, though)

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    By god, Michael, you are right: for one thing alata should not have that purple! So it's research time again. (For once it is not a British nursery that is responsible for the mislabelling, but a Belgian one...)

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    Thanks Al. Yes, and these are just maiden plants- I look forward to ever more branching spikes and clouds of blossom! One step at a time though, eh? I am in no hurry!
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    I to love the Encyclia's and these are fine examples of how impressive they can be. To bad I can't smell them as that would just add to the attraction. Those spikes can be quite amazing. AL

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    encyclia has so many that look similar to this, telling the species apart is confusing enough, and then there are the hybrids.... yikes!

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    Definitely wrong color and form for alata. Be interested to see what it may turn out to be.

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