Encyclia virens Schltr. 1914 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding © 2005

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Common Name or Meaning The Green Encyclia

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Text by David Hunt "The photo is from the exact plant described by Carl Withner in his 1997 ODG article on the species. He gives a learned discertation on why virens is not Encyclia diurna. The plant in my photo was originally collected in Chiapas, Mexico and is sometimes confused with Encyclia ambigua."

Many references including Kew give this species as a synonym of E diurna but for the reasons stated above and that stated by Withner in the 1997 OGD I keep this species separate status.

Ruben Sauleda also feels that this species is distinct [pers comm]


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 75 Schlechter 1919; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 as an excluded species