Prosthechea pamplonensis (Rchb. f.) W.E. Higgins 1997 Vespa Complex


Plant Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Color Form Photo by Alexander Reynolds and The INVENTORY OF THE VASCULAR PLANTS OF MAQUIPUCUNA, ECUADOR Website

Common Name or Meaning The Pamplona Prosthechea [refers to the town in Venezuela where it was discovered]

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Ecuador at elevations around 1800 to 2700 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte, terresrial or lithophyte with tall, slender pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical leaves and flowers on an erect, terminal, fleshy, rigid, racemose, few to several [to 14] flowered inflorescence with non-resupinate flowers occuring in the summer.

This species and A tigrina are often said to be synonyms but, this species has a squarish notched lip and A tigrina has a rounded lip, thereby separating them as individual species.

Synonyms Encyclia pamplonense (Rchb. f.) Carnevali 1984; *Epidendrum pamplonense Rchb. f. 1849; Prosthechea pamplonensis (Rchb. f.) W.E. Higgins 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Epidendrum pamplonense; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 249 Schlechter 1920 as Epidendrum pamplonenese; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as Hormidium pamplonense; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 7 1980 photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; *The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, the Debateable Epidendrum Withner and Harding 2004 as Anacheilum pamplnense; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo ; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 as Epidendrum pamplonense; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;