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Encyclia tampensis

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Encyclia (en-SIK-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: tampensis (tam-PEN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Epidendrum tampense

18 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Phylite On May 31, 2013, Phylite from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

I have had this plant for several years, mounted, and potted.
I have the sprig blooming and the rare fall blooming.
The fragrance of the blooms is very light sweet lemony honey sent. One of it's pollinators is a small wasp.

I purchased it (spring blooming) from Florida Native Plants now out of business )-: The fall bloomer was a gift.

Neutral td1026 On Apr 28, 2011, td1026 from Groveland, FL wrote:

Supposedly fragrant, but have yet to encounter this plant even though I live in its native range. Once I find it I will make further comment.

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Deland, Florida
Groveland, Florida
Hudson, Florida
Jupiter, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida (2 reports)
Orlando, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida

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