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Encyclia radiata

This is a discussion on Encyclia radiata within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Kassie Ha Ha Geoff! I have a similar problem with an orchid ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kassie View Post
    Ha Ha Geoff! I have a similar problem with an orchid I've been meaning to post, but don't know what to call it for fear of exposing myself as a ninny. The tag says "Epi. Green Hornet" and I'm not even entirely sure it is still a hybrid.

    Call it lovely, that should cover it.
    I looked that one up in Orchidwiz. Green Hornet is also a Prosthechea - I can spell it when I have it on the screen in front of me, in another window ! It is a cross between a well-known cockle-shell orchid species , which when the world was young was called Epidendrum cochleata, and a second species which I have never met - E ( now P ) trulla .

    I like the abbreviation for Prosthechea - it's Psh . makes me want to say ," and Psh to you too ..." ( to the botanists )

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    Thanks Geoff. Somewhere I read that tulla was a synonym for cochleata--Iospe photos maybe. Another place said the tulla was previously Enc. lancifolia but got a name change and "tulla" was the next available name. So perhaps you have met her when she was using a pseudonym. . .

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    The story for Green Hornet as far as I understand it... Originally registered as cochleata x lancifolia. Sometime later lancifolia was reduced to a synonym for cochleata based on the type specimen, but it turned out that plants labeled as lancifolia were really trulla, which is a valid species, and apparently includes the actual parent plant of the grex registered as Green Hornet. The registration was changed to cochleata x trulla.

    As for Prosthechea, this is the genus preferred by Kew and RHS, but other taxonomists may still prefer to put these species in Anachelium, where they would be cochleatum and trullum. Anatomical differences exclude them from Encyclia.

    Very nice radiata BTW. A favorite species no matter what the tag says.

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