Pollardia campylostalix [Rchb.f] Withner & Harding 2004 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Daniel Jimenez

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Jeff and Patricia Harding


Common Name The Bent-Column Foot Pollardia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Guatemala, Panama and Costa Rica as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte in lower montane cloud forests found at elevations of 1200 to 2000 meters with an ovate-elliptic, compressed laterally, unifoliate pseudobulb subtended by a papery bract and carrying oblong to elliptic leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an apical, erect, occasionally branched, 4 to 14" [10 to 35 cm] long, few to many flowered inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb and carrying resupinate flowers that do not open well .

Synonyms Encyclia campylostalix (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1922; *Epidendrum campylostalix Rchb. f. 1852; Prosthechea campylostalyx (Rchb. f.) W.E. Higgins 1997; Pseudencyclia campylostalix (Rchb.f.) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR as Protheschea campylostalix; Bot. Zeitung. Berlin 10(42): 730. 1852 as Epidendrum campylostalix; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as Epidendrum campylostalix; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1869 as Epidendrum campylostalix drawing fide; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 45. Panama Schlechter 1922 as Encyclia campylostalix; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 130. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Epidendrum campylostalix; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum campylostalix; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Epidendrum campylostalix; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1422 Atwood 1992 drawing; *The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, the Debateable Epidendrum Withner and Harding 2004 photo fide; ok