Polycycnis aurita Dressler 1977 SUBGENUS Angustilabia

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Part ShadeHotWarm

Common Name The Eared Polycycnis [refers to the mid-lobe of the lip and it's resemblance to a donkey or rabbit ear]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in El Choco Colombia and Ecuador in lowland montane forests at elevations of 100 to 1150 meters as a small medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with small ovoid, quadrangular psueodubos carrying 1 to 2, apical, plicate, elliptic,shortly acuminate leaves that blooms on a basal, pendant, darkly hispid, 16" [40 cm] long, many [20] flowered inflorescence with 4 perfoliate, acute, pilose, clasping bracts and lanceolate floral bracts..

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 12 No 1 1977 photo/drawing; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Ecuador vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo ; Orquedias de la Serrania de Baudo Misas Uretta 2006 drawing/photo ok

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