Pollardia concolor [LaLlave &lex.] Withner & Harding 2004

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name The Single Colored Lip Encyclia

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.75 cm]

Found in Jalisco, Michoacan, Mexico, Morelos, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Puebla states of Mexico as a miniature to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte in oak and oak-pine forests at elevations of 1500 to 2100 meters with clustered, ovoid, slightly compressed pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 2 apical, very coriaceous, ensiform, lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, acute to subacuminate, conduplicate basally leaves that blooms in the winter through early summer on an apical, occasionally branched, 5 to 18" [12 to 45 cm] long, few to many [3 to 30] flowered inflorescence and carrying anise scented flowers.

This species needs a very dry winter rest and likes bright light and hot to warm temperatures.

Synonyms Encyclia amabilis (L. Linden & Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1918; Encyclia concolor (La Llave & Lex.) Schltr. 1918; Encyclia pruinosa (A. Rich. & Galeotti) Schltr. 1918; Epidendrum amabile L. Linden & Rchb. f. 1855; *Epidendrum concolor La Llave & Lex. 1825; Epidendrum pruinosum A. Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Pseudencyclia concolor (Lex.) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2003;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Epidendrum amabile; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum concolor; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Encyclia concolor Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 588 Hagsater & Soto 2002 as Prosthechea punctulata drawing fide; *The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1066 Hagsater & Soto 2008 as Prosthechea concolor drawing fide