Pollardia tripunctata [Lindl] Withner & Harding 2004

Photos by © Eric Hunt

Plant and Flowers

Photo courtesy of Rick Barry


Common Name The Three Spot Pollardia [refers to the three Calli on the Column]

Flower Size 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" [3 to 4 cm]

A small sized, cool growing, epiphytic, deciduous species found on oaks at altitudes of 1200 to 2000 meters that is endemic to Nayarit, Jaslisco, Guerrero, Mexico, Morelos, and Oaxaca states of Mexico with ovoid to ovoid-ellipsoid, slightly compressed, closely clustered pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few scarious sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, apical, narrowly elliptic, acute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, basally clasping leaves that are deciduous in the winter and starts a new growth in the spring as well as blooms on an old leafless growth in the spring and early summer on an apical, 1 1/2" [4 cm] long, 1 to 5, fragrant flowered inflorescence that is the length of the leaves or less, arising from the apice of an older leafless, ellipsoid to ovoid pseudobulb as a new growth appears.

Mounting on branches or tree fern seems to be the way to go and they need a slightly cooler and drier winter.

Synonyms Encyclia diguetii (Ames) Hoehne 1952; Encyclia tripunctata (Lindl.) Dressler 1961; Epidendrum diguetii Ames 1922; Epidendrum micropus Rchb. f. 1863; *Epidendrum tripunctatum Lindl. 1841; Prosthechea micropus (Rchb.f.) W.E.Higgins 2004; Prosthechea tripunctata [Lindl] Higgins 1997; Pseudencyclia tripunctata (Lindl.) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 249 Schlechter 1920 as E micropus; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum diguetii; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum tripunctatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 8 1959 as Epidendrum tripunctatum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 no 5 1964; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Encyclia tripunctata; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 as Encyclia tripunctata photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 24 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 as Encyclia tripunctata drawing fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 as Prosthechea tripunctata drawing/photo fide; *The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #6 2014 as Prosthechea micropus photo fide;