Platylepis polyadenia Rchb.f. 1885

Plant and Flowers Photos by Karl Senghas


Common Name The Many Glanded Platylepis

Flower Size .6 to .68" [1.6 to 1.7 cm] long including the pedicel

Found in The Comoros Islands and Madagascar in humus within forests at elevations of sealevel to 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial orchid with a spreading, fleshy rhizome giving rise to an erect stem carrying many, elliptical to oblong-lanceolate, acute, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later spring, summer and earlier fallon an erect, terminal, peduncle short, provided with large villous glandular apically sheaths, rachis 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, oblong, densely many flowered inflorescence with widely oval-acute, hirsute glandular, slightly shorter than the flower floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 4 193 to 256 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cibb & Hermans 2009; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;