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Encyclia tampense (?)

Posted by tucker_sp Z4 MN (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 16:15

The reason for the (?) is that I used to live in a part of Florida where E. tampense grew in practically every live oak tree, and this one, while close, does not look quite right to me. I'm used to seeing tan or brown tepals and a white lip with a central pink or violet spot. This plant is also bigger than typical tampense. Maybe someone out there has an opinion on the ID. The color is not very accurate on this first picture:

Encyclia tampense (?) whole plant photo IMG_1913_zps5d7fa56a.jpg

This closeup has much truer colors:

E. tampense (?) closeup photo IMG_1932_zps1b7fd11b.jpg

Pretty, whatever the actual classification is.


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RE: Encyclia tampense (?)

  • Posted by arthurm Sydney, NSW AUST (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 17:26

I've got a couple of line bred seedlings. Here is a pic. of one.
Encyclia tampensis 'No.1'
Pic. of another in link. I do not know how much these differ from the typical plants in the wild.
Easy to grow and rewarding in my conditions

Here is a link that might be useful: Another clone

This post was edited by arthurm on Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 18:35

RE: Encyclia tampense (?)

Arthur - the pic on Flickr looks a lot more like what I'm used to. The trouble is that there are dozens, if not hundreds, of closely related Encyclias that look a lot alike, and are quite variable on top of it. It would probably take an expert on the genus looking at the live plant and flowers to tell. I'll just go ahead and enjoy the way it looks and smells.

RE: Encyclia tampense (?)

I have a plant which has flower similar to yours, Tucker, it's labeled tampense. I'm tacking it to a species meeting this Saturday where an Encyclia nutter group attends. They will give me an accurate ID, I will report.


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