Polystachya aethiopica P.J.Cribb 1978 TYPE Drawing by Cribb

Part shade Cold MID Winter Spring

Common Name The Ethiopian Polystachya

Flower Size

Found in Ethiopia amongst shrubs at elevations of 2000 to 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial? with several noded, new stems arise from nodes of the previous stem, carrying narrowly oblong-ligulate, acutely and unequally bilobed apcially, prominently 5 veined beneath leaves that blooms in the mid winter through spring on an erect, terminal, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, 7 to 16 flowered inflorescence with setaceous bracts and carrying yellow green flowers with a crimson lip and pubescence on the outside.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 drawing fide; Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 drawing/photo fide