Pollardia michuacana [La Llave & Lex] Withner & Harding 2004 Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

Flower Closeup, ensitu Mexico 6/07

Inflorescence and plant ensitu Photos courtesy of Edouard Faria

Common Name The Michoacan Pollardia [A Mexican State]

Flower Size to about 1" [to about 2.5 cm]

This medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte found in Michoacan, Mexico, Morelos, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Hidalgo, Vera Cruz, and Chiapas states of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras is found in dry forests at 1500 to 2800 meters in elevation with ovoid to pyriform, clustered pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, apical, elliptic-lanceolate to ligulate, acute leaves that can flower throughout the year on an apical, 5 1/2' [2 m] long, branched, many flowered inflorescence with fleshy long-lived, non-scented flowers.

Synonyms Encyclia amabilis Schlechter 1918; Encyclia icthyphylla (Ames) Hoehne 1952; Encyclia michuacana (La Llave & Lex.) Schltr 1918; Encyclia virgata (Lindl.) Schltr. 1914; Epidendrum ichthyphyllum Ames 1923; *Epidendrum michuacanum La Llave & Lex. 1825; Epidendrum sphaerobulbon A. Rich & Gal. ?; Epidendrum virgatum Lindl. 1840; Epidendrum virgatum var pallens Rchb.f 1865; Prosthechea michuacana (La Llave & Lex.) W.E. Higgins 1997; Pseudencyclia michuacana (Lex.) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Epidendrum virgatum var pallens; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Encyclia virgata; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum virgatum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum virgatum; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Epidendrum virgatum drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Epidendrum virgatum drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as excluded species Encyclia michuacana; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Encyclia michuacana drawing fide; *The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1068 Hagsater & Soto 2008 as Prosthechea michoacana drawing fide

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