!Polycycnis muscifera (Lindl. & Paxton) Rchb. f. 1855 SUBGENUS Polycycnis

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website


Photo by Greg Allikas.


Common Name The Fly-Carrying Polycicnis [refers to the extended column and pollina]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found from Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte on moss covered rocks in wet montane forests below large trees at elevations of 800 to 2300 meters with pyriform, sulcate, obtuse angled pseudobulb with 3 to 4 imbricating, basal sheaths and a single, apical leaf that blooms with a basal, erect, 10" [25 cm] long, pubescent, racemose, many flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with several, basal, imbricate bracts and 4 to 5 small, remote ovate-acuminate floral bracts arising on a mature pseudobulb and held well above the leaf all occuring in the fall and winter.

Synonyms Cycnoches buchtienii Kraenzl. 1928; *Cycnoches muscifera Lindl. & Paxton 1852[1853]

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855: Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 2/3 1977/8 photo/drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 581 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Dunsterville 1987 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 26 Schlechter/Brieger 1992 as C buchtienii; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 168 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 554 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 drawing/photo good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Orquideologia Vol 22 #1 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 22 #2 2002 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide