Phaius occidentalis Schltr. 1903 Photo by Williamson

Drawing Drawing by Susan Hillier and Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995

Part shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Western Phaius

Flower Size

Found in Gabon, Zaire, the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawai, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe in seasonally wet, swampy grasslands or dambos at elevations of 1150 to 1500 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrrestrial with a fleshy, pseduobulb-like structure carrying 5 to 6, in a basal rosette, elliptic-lanceolate to obovate, plicate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a lateral, 20 to 28" [50 to 70 cm] long, densely 5 to 6 flowered inflorescence carrying erect, fleshy, white flowers with brownish pink spots at the base of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide