Pollardia venosa [Lindl] Withner & Harding 2004 Photo courtesy of Robert Weyman Bussey

Flower closeup Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

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Common Name The Veined Pollardia

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

A Mexican, small to medium sized, hot to cold growing, epiphytic species from the west coast found at 100-2500 feet in pine oak forest, occasionally on rocks, with ellipsoid to fusiform, widely spaced pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, apical, narrowly elliptic-oblong to elliptic-ligulate, acute leaves that blooms in the spring through late summer on an apical, few [2 to 5] flowered, 4 3/4" [to 12 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that is as long or a bit longer than the leaves and all arising from a mature pseudobulb carrying resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Encyclia venosa (Lindl.) Schltr. 1918; Encyclia pastoris [Lex.] Schltr. 1918l Encyclia wendlandiana (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; Epidendrum ensicaulon A. Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Epidendrum pastoris Link & Otto 1828; *Epidendrum venosum Lindl. 1831; Epidendrum wendlandianum Kraenzl. 1893; Prosthechea pastoris (Lex.) Espejo & López-Ferr. 2000 ; Prosthechea venosa [Lindl.] Higgins 1997; Pseudencyclia venosa (Lindl.) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1894 as Epidendrum wendlandianum drawing fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Epidendrum wendlandiana drawing fide; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum venosa; The Genus Encyclia in Mexico Dressler & Pollard 1974 as Excluded spceies; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Encyclia venosa; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 as Encyclia pastorisphoto fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 as Encyclia venosa photo fide; *The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 photo fide;