Polycycnis grayi Dodson 2003 Photo by T Kusibab and courtesy of His Photo Website


Lip Detail Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name Gray's Polycycnis [Australian orchid enthusiast and Co-dicoverer of the type current]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe province of Ecuador on steep embankments at elevations around 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing terresrial with a short rhizome giving rise to ovoid-pyriform, 3 to 4 angled pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, rigid, lustrous, bronze colored above, red wine colored beneath, elliptic-ovoid, strongly nerved beneath shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, basal, provided with 3 to 4 lax bracts, finely pubescent, to 16" [40 cm] long, 8 to ll flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 22 #3 2003 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide