!Mormolyca ringens [Lindley] Gentil 1907

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Photos by Jay Pfahl.

Part sun HotCoolWinterSpringSummer

Common Name The Rigid Mormolyca

Flower Size to 1" [2.2 cm]

From Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte found on trees in dense humid forests from sealevel to 1400 meters, with clustered, arising from a wiry rhizome, subrotund to ellipsoid, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by distichous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, linear-ligulate to narrowly lanceolate, acute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into a conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, single flowered, 10" [24 cm] long inflorescence that has brown, scarious bracts and is longer or equal to the length of the leaves and occurs all spring and summer if well grown.

Best planted in a wooden basket given moderate shade and watered well during growth and a lessening after maturity.

Synonyms Mormolyca lineolata Fenzl. 1849; *Trigonidium ringens Lindley 1840

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