Polystachya aconitiflora Summerh. 1942 SECTION Cultriformis Kraenzl. Photo by Fr. Jean-Paul Lebel


Common Name The Acontium-Like Polystachya

Flower Size .2" [.8 cm]

Found in Rwanda, Zaire and Uganda in montane forests on mossy branches and rocks at elevations of 1700 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with cylindrical, grasslike stems enveloped by grey sheaths and carrying a single, narrow, coriaceous, linear, curved, rounded apically leaf that blooms on a shorter than the leaf, .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, mostly successively single, to 5 flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acute, glabrous, distichous, amplexicaul floral bracts.

Synonyms Polystachya vulcanica var. aconitiflora (Summerh.) Cribb & Podzorski 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 #2 1969 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 as P vulcanica var acontifloraphoto fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko etal 2015 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #2 2019 photo ok;