Pollardia ghiesbreghtiana [A. Rich & Gal.] Withner & Harding 2004

Photo courtesy of Marius Wasbauer

Light Color Version

Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey


Common Name Ghiesbreght's Pollardia [Belgian Orchid Collector in Mexico and Guatemal 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico on the Pacific coast as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte in wet pine-oak forests at 2000 to 2700 meters in elevation with ovoid to ellipsoid, clustered pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, lanceolate to elliptic-ligulate, acute or obtuse leaves that blooms in the winter and spring with an apical, 1 1/2 to 5" [4 to 12 cm], few [1 to 5] flowered inflorescence with resupinate, fragrant flowers.

Best grown mounted on tree fern, cold temperatures, moderately bright light and watering while growing and a lessening in the winter.

Synonyms Encyclia ghiesbreghtiana (A. Rich. & Galeotti) Dressler & G.E. Pollard 1961; *Epidendrum ghiesbrechtianum A. Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Pseudencyclia ghiesbreghtiana (A.Rich. & Galeotti) V.P.Castro & Chiron, Richardiana 4: 32 (2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum ghiesbrechtiana; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961 as Epidendrum gheisbreghtiana; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 3 1962 as Epidendrum ghiesbrectianum; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as Hormidium ghiesbrectianum; *The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1067 Hagsater & Soto 2008 as Prosthechea ghiesbreghtiana drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #12 2012 photo fide;