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Encyclia cordigera (Kunth) Dressler

Family Name: Orchidaceae
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Ornamental Flowers Epiphyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution North and South America. 
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status 1 Exotic

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form An epiphyte, it has a clumping growth form. 
Foliage The pseudobulbs are conical-ovoid in shape. The flowers are borne on axillary 3 to 5 flowered raceme measuring between 20 to 45 cm long. The flowers consist of maroon sepals and petals. The sepals are oblanceolate while the petals are subspathulate. The flower lip is large, showy and deep pink in colour. 
Cultivation It is best grown under bright, indirect sunlight, in well-draining growing medium. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed, Division

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Pink, Purple
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
Flower Symmetry Bilateral
Inflorescence Type Raceme

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Master ID 32211
Species ID 6617
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.