Polycycnis barbata (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1855 SUBGENUS Polycycnis


Side View Of Flower Photos courtesy of David Jubineau

Fragrance Part shadeWarm to HotSpring

Common Name The Bearded Polycicnis

Flower Size 2" [4 cm]

Found from Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte at elevations of 160 to 1500 meters with ovoid, sulcate pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, plicate, elliptic-lanceolate, acute or acuminate, suberect, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a pendant, basal, to 12" [30 cm] long, pubescent, loosely few to many flowered inflorescence with fragrant, short lived flowers occuring in the spring.

Synonyms *Cycnoches barbatum Lindl. 1849;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Bonplandia (Hannover) 3: 218. 1855; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 4 1963 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 2/3 1977/78 photo/drawing; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo not = P lepida; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata = P lepida; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 7 1992 photo as P gratiosa;Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawong/photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide;