Notes from the OIC: Encyclia flava and Its Multiple Identities


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How to Cite

Dalstrom, S. (2006). Notes from the OIC: Encyclia flava and Its Multiple Identities. Selbyana, 27(1), 96–100. Retrieved from


Recently an Encyclia labeled "pauciflora" was submitted to the Orchid Identification Center (OIC) at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for a confirmative or alternative identification. The plant had been purchased from a Brazilian nursery and apparently was wild collected, or originated from a wild collected plant. When compared with the original description of Enbyblia pauciflora (Barb.Rodr.) Porto & Brade, the submitted plant clearly represented something else. The number of taxa that could be considered as the correct name soon narrowed down to a complex with the enigmatic Encyclia flava (Lindl.) Porto & Brade at its center.


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