Pollardia greenwoodiana (Aguirre-Olav.) Withner & P.A.Harding 2004 Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

Common Name Greenwood's Pollardia [Mexican Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1.28 to 1.44" [3.2 to 3.6 cm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico in montane forests at elevations around 2020 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with reverse pear-shaped, to elliptic pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, 10" [25 cm] long, 6 to 8 successively flowered, racemose inflorescence.

This species is very similar to P semiaptera but differs in the pseudobulb shape and the lateral lobes of the lip are narrower and curved differently in respect to the column.

Synonyms *Encyclia greenwoodiana Aguirre-Olav. 1992; Prosthechea greenwoodiana (Aguirre-Olav.) W.E.Higgins 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 as Encyclia greenwoodiana; *Cattleyas and their Relatives The Debatable Epidendrum 2004

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