Mormolyca polyphylla Garay & Wirth 1959 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website


Common Name The Many-Leafed Mormolyca

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 900 to 1100 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with tapered conic, 4 angled, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few scarious, distichous, leafless sheaths and carrying 3 apical, narrowly elliptic, coriaceous, acute, narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a basal, nearly erect, 9 1/4" [23 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with 3, basal tubular, imbricate, acuminate bracts and up to 8 subremote, tight, tubular, acute bracts .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 464 Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 123 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 1997 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide