Pollardia concolor [LaLlave &lex.] Withner & Harding 2004

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Another Flower Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name The Single Colored Lip Encyclia

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.75 cm]

Found in Jalisco, Michoacan, Mexico, Morelos, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Puebla states of Mexico as a miniature to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte in oak and oak-pine forests at elevations of 1500 to 2100 meters with clustered, ovoid, slightly compressed pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 2 apical, very coriaceous, ensiform, lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, acute to subacuminate, conduplicate basally leaves that blooms in the winter through early summer on an apical, occasionally branched, 5 to 18" [12 to 45 cm] long, few to many [3 to 30] flowered inflorescence and carrying anise scented flowers.

This species needs a very dry winter rest and likes bright light and hot to warm temperatures.

Synonyms Encyclia amabilis (L. Linden & Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1918; Encyclia concolor (La Llave & Lex.) Schltr. 1918; Encyclia pruinosa (A. Rich. & Galeotti) Schltr. 1918; Epidendrum amabile L. Linden & Rchb. f. 1855; *Epidendrum concolor La Llave & Lex. 1825; Epidendrum pruinosum A. Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Pseudencyclia concolor (Lex.) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2003;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Epidendrum amabile; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum concolor; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Encyclia concolor; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (1) ABRIL 1986 as Encyclia concolor photo fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 as Prosthechea concolor drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 588 Hagsater & Soto 2002 as Prosthechea punctulata drawing fide; *The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1066 Hagsater & Soto 2008 as Prosthechea concolor drawing fide