(pronounced: pol-ee-SIK-niss)


Maxillarieae subtribe Stanhopeinae

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Caespitose epiphytes or terrestrials. Pseudobulbs ovoid. Leaves 1, erect, lanceolate-elliptic, acute, long petiolate. Inflorescences erect to arching scapose racemes. Flowers numerous, flimsy, resupinate. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip complex, divided into a hypochile and epichile. Column very slender-elongate, curved, dilated at the apex, nearly as long as the lip, the rostellum an acute tooth; pollinia 2, on a common stipe and viscidium.


A genus of 16 species throughout Mesoamerica and South America.

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