Prosthechea pygmaea

Encyclia pygmaea

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Laeliinae
Genus: Prosthechea
Species: Psh. pygmaea
Binomial name
Prosthechea pygmaea
Benth. & Hook. f. ex Hemsl. 1881

Prosthechea pygmaea is an epiphytic orchid


Plant flowers from spring to summer with one 1cm flower.


Plant is found in montane forests and swamp areas growing in trees at elevations of 0 to 1700 meters. Prosthechea pygmaea is found in Florida, USA; Mexico; and Northern South America.


Plant is best grown in a well drain mix or mounted. Keep in partial shade and water regularly. Keep in warm to intermediate temperatures.


Common Names: Dwarf butterfly orchid, dwarf encyclia, dwarf epidendrum


  1. Aulizeum pygmaeum (Hook.) Benth. 1892
  2. Coelogyne triptera Brongn. 1834
  3. Encyclia pseudopygmaea (Finet) Dressler & G.E. Pollard 1974
  4. Encyclia pygmaea (Hook.) Dressler 1961; Encyclia triptera (Brongn.) Dressler & G.E. Pollard 1971
  5. Epidendrum caespitosum Poepp. & Endl. 1837-8
  6. Epidendrum monanthum Schltr. 1916
  7. Epidendrum monanthum Steud. 1840
  8. Epidendrum pseudopygmaeum (Finet) Hamer & Garay in F.Hamer 1974
  9. Epidendrum pygmaeum Hook. 1833
  10. Epidendrum uniflorum Lindl. 1839
  11. Hormidium humile (Cogn.) Schltr. 1920
  12. Hormidium pseudopygmaeum Finet 1899
  13. Hormidium tripterum (Brongn.) Cogn. 1898
  14. Hormidium uniflorum (Lindl.) Heynh. 1841; Microstylis humilis Cogn. 1906; #Prosthechea pseudopygmaea (Finet) W.E.Higgins 1997 ; Prosthechea pygmaea (Hook.) W. E. Higgins 1997

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