Polystachya affinis Lindl. 1830 SECTION Affines Kranzlin

Inflorescence

Flower and Plant Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Similar Polystachya

Flower Size 1/2" [1.2 cm]

Found in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Siera Leone, Togo, Cameroon, Congo, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Zaire, Angola and Uganda in wet evergreen forests at elevations around 50 to 1350 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with round, compressed, almost coin-like, flat on substrate, single noded pseudobulb carrying 2 to 3, broadly oblanceolate to oblong, petiolate leaves that blooms in the late winter on an arching to sharply pendulous, pilose, loosely many flowered, to 16" [40 cm] long inflorescence with scented, pubescent flowers.

Because of the pendulous inflorescence this species is best hung in a suspended pot and provided high humidity, regular waterings, partial sun and warm to hot temperatures and this species will be kept happy.

Synonyms Chelystachya affinis (Lindl.) Mytnik & Szlach. 2011; Dendrorkis affinis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrorkis bracteosa (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Polystachya bracteosa Lindl. 1840; Polystachya villosa Cogn. 1896; Polystachya villosula Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora of Madagascar Orchidaceae Perrier 1939 as P villosula; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 11 1983 photo; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Orchids of The Central African Republic A Provisional Checklist Kew Bulletin Vol 42 [3] 1987; Die Orchideen lieferung 23 Schlechter/Brieger 1990 photo good; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo good; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko etal 2015 as Chelystachya affinis drawing fide;

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