Mormolyca gracilipes (Schltr.) Garay & Wirth 1959 Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

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Common Name The Graceful Column Foot Mormolyca

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 700 to 1850 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with elliptic or oblong-elliptic, compressed pseudobulbs subtended by several basal, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, lanceolate-elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into a shortly conduplicate base leaves that blooms on a flexuous, erect, basal, 9 1/4" [23 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a a mature pseudobulb with a single, tubular, inflated floral bract and a large single flower occuring in the spring through fall in nature

Synonyms *Cyrtoglottis gracilipes Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as Cyrtoglottis gracilipes; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Cyrtoglottis gracilipes; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 172 Dodson 1980 drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 559 Dodson 1982 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 121 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing hmm/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Of Men and Orchids Part 1 Jenny 2015 drawing/photo fide;