Despite being Florida's most common native orchid, they are a protected species and collection from the wild is prohibited without a permit. This species was first described by John Torrey in 1846.
This Encyclia species grows from grey to green 7 cm pseudobulbs with narrow foliage up to 16 cm in length and 2 cm in width. Mature plants produce a branched inflorescence containing several flowers with green to bronze sepals and petals surrounding a white lip with a purple dot. Flowers are alternate, 2.5 cm in diameter and fragrant. Many variations in color and markings exist in the wild where natural hybridization occurs.
- H. G. Reichenbach, "Orchides", nr. 55, in C. Müller, Ed. Walpers. Annales Botanices Systematicae 6(1861)330, as "Epidendrum tampense"
- Page 86 of Florida Rule 5B-40 regulated plant index.(PDF Alert)
- Encyclia tampensis, Butterfly Orchid
- Florida Dept. of Agriculture Rule 5B-40.003
- Plant of the Week 21 June 2004: Florida Butterfly Orchid (Encyclia tampensis)
- page 251 of Leonardo P. Felix and Marcelo Guerra: "Variation in chromosome number and the basic number of subfamily Epidendroideae (Orchidaceae)" Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 163(2010)234-278. The Linnean Society of London. downloaded October 2010 from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1095-8339.2010.01059.x/pdf
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