Common Names: No Common Name
Habit: Encyclia fehlingii
grow as an epiphyte or among leaf detritus and rocks. It produces a
very short rhizomatous stem that is covered with secondary stems that
are expanded to form elongate pseudobulbs up to 9 cm in length. From
the top of the pseudobulb 1-3 flattened linear leaves emerge that are
up to 50 cm in length.
The zygomorphic flowers are arranged
in terminal panicles up to 70 cm in height and contains up to 50
flowers (usually much fewer). The flowers have triangular bracts and
the calyx has 3 greenish yellow sepals that turn brownish with age.
The corolla has 3 green to yellow petals with one forming the
labellum. The labellum is white and deeply 3 lobed. The central lobe
is to 1.5 cm long, developing 3 major reddish purple lines as the
flower ages (1 long central and 2 short lateral lines). The 2
lateral lobes of the labellum are erect to either side of the column
with their upper edges recurved outward. The column is formed from a
fusion of the stamens and ovary into a single structure. Along the
top of the column between the lateral labellum lobes is an elongate
callus plate with 3 lobes at the front edge. The ovary is inferior.
The fruit is a capsule at maturity up to 3 cm in length that opens
along six suture lines and hangs allowing wind to assist in seed
Habitat: Encyclia fehlingii
grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation – Forests (Coppice) and
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
Encyclia fehlingii occurs in the northern pine islands and is
endemic to the Bahamian Archipelago.
While there are no medicinal uses of Encyclia fehlingii like
all orchids they are prized for their beautiful flowers. ALL orchids
are protected internationally by the Convention on the International
Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) and should not be collected from