, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 253–266 | Cite as

A reconsideration of Encyclia (orchidaceae)

  • Robert L. Dressler


The status of the genusEncyclia is reviewed, and this genus is compared withEpidendrum. As currently used,Epidendrum is a very heterogeneous assortment of species, resulting largely from the over-emphasis on certain “key characters.” If a greater emphasis is given to the internal coherence of the species groups within theEpidendrum alliance, about thirty genera can be recognized, with Envyclia and Epide~drum in different sectors of the alliance. The limited data on inter-speelfic crossability suggests that the entire alliance is a comparinm in genecologica] terms. The only alternative to the recognition ofEpidendrum andEncyclia as distinct genera is the union of all thirty genera into one, which is considered to be impractical.


Flower Structure Lateral Tooth Epiphytic Orchid Superficial Resemblance Complete Union 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Dressler
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  1. 1.Missouri Botanical GardenSt. Louis

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