Pollardia pastoris (Lex.) in ed

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Flower closeup

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Common Name The ? Pollardia

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Michuacan state of Mexico on the Pacific coast in pine oak forest, occasionally on rocks at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing, epiphytic species 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, 4.8" [to 12 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that is as long or a bit longer than the leaves and all arising from a mature pseudobulb and carrying resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Encyclia pastoris [Lex.] Schltr. 1918; Encyclia venosa (Lindl.) Schltr. 1918; Encyclia wendlandiana (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; Epidendrum ensicaulon A. Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Epidendrum pastoris Link & Otto 1828; *Epidendrum venosum Lindl. 1831; Epidendrum wendlandianum Kraenzl. 1893; Pollardia venosa [Lindl] Withner & Harding 2004; 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 ;

Nov. Veg. Descr. 2(Orchid. Opusc.): 23 Lexara 1825 as Epidendrum pastoris;

Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 99 Lindley 1831 as Epidendrum venosum;

Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 3, 3: 19 A Rich. & Galeotti 1845 as Epidendrum ensicaulon;

Gard. Chron., ser. 3, 14: 58 Kraenzl. 1893 as Epidendrum wendlansianum;

Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1894 as Epidendrum wendlandianum

Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1894 as Epidendrum wendlandianum drawing fide;

Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 473 Schlechter 1918 as Encyclis pastoris;

Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 474 Schlechter 1918 as Encyclia venosa;

Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 474 Schlechter 1918 as Encyclia wendlandianum;

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;

Acta Bot. Mex. 51: 63 Espejo & López-Ferr.2000 as Prosthechea pastoris;

Phytologia 82: 381 W E Higgins 1997 publ. 1998 as Prosthechea venosa;

Richardiana 4: 33 V P Castro & Chiron 2003 as Pseudencylia venosa;

*The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 drawings/photo fide;