Polystachya tenuissima Kraenzl. 1894 SECTION Cultriformes

Plant and Inflorescence Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Part shadeHot CoolFall

Common Name or Meaning The Very Delicate Polystachya

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Zaire, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania in rainforests, highland forests and woodlands at elevations of 300 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with tightly clustered, narrowly cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a more or less, fleshy, subterete to flat, linear, cuneate below retuse or obtuse apically leaves that blooms in the fall on a stout, 2 to 6 branched, as long as the leaf, [2.8 to 15.5 cm] long, to 40 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Polystachya ashantensis Kraenzl. 1926; Polystachya inconspicua Rendle 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as P inconspicua ; Flora or East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; African Orchids in Cultivation and the Wild La Croix 1997; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlatch. etal 2014 drawing fide

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