Prosthechea cretacea (Dressler & G.E.Pollard) W.E.Higgins 1997 publ. 1998

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Common Name The Chalky White Prosthechea

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Michoacan, Mexico, Morelos, Guerrero? and Oaxaca states Mexico as a medium sized, cold, pendent growing epiphyte in oak and oak-pine forests at elevations of 2200 to 2600 meters with clustered, ovoid to elliptic, laterally compressed, glaucous in youth, becoming blackish with age pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, oblong-lanceolate to subelliptic, retuse, glaucous, coriaceous, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall through early spring on a terminal, pendent, racemose, rarely paniculate, to 35 flowered inflorescence with triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, waxy, slightly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms *Encyclia cretacea Dressler & G.E.Pollard 1971; Pseudencyclia cretacea (Dressler & G.E.Pollard) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1067 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide