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This is a discussion on Encyclia lancifolia within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; My evolution or devolution: For years I enjoyed growing orchids and the help I received ...
My evolution or devolution:
For years I enjoyed growing orchids and the help I received on this forum was of immeasurable value. This thread has drawn me, for the first time, into the world of orchid research because I was not sure I had correctly identified the orchid in the post . First let me share two reflections.
1.Orchid research is in no way easy, at least for me.
2.Never try to do research on an i phone when you are away from home, your eyes will fail.
I purchased this orchid as a Encyclia lancifolia. I believe it was renamed Prosthechea cochleata var. cochleata. I own a Prosthechea cochleata and to my eye the plants are grossly dissimilar. I next found articles that indicated that Prosthechea cochleata var. cochleata and Prosthechea trulla were similar but could be distinguished by careful measurements. I measured and determined that I, in fact, owner a Prosthechea trulla. I then found literature that indicated that the distinction between these orchids was no longer considered valid and that both orchids are now classified as Prosthechea trulla. So I think I own a Prosthechea trulla.
I have no idea if my findings are valid because the information available seems spotty and often
conflicting. I appreciate other members of this forum who are so knowledgeable!
I thought that proposals for reclassifying orchid genera would be highly scientific in nature. It
appeared, to me, that many of the proposals were more political than scientific. Is this a valid
looking at trulla on IOSPE photos looks like you are correct but don't know if that site is up to date. They have it as Anacheilium trulla. The Internationl Orchid registry has it as Prosthechea trulla