Polystachya anceps Ridl.1885

Inflorescence Photos by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Double Edged Polystachya

Flower Size

Found only in the Comoros and Madagascar in humid highland forests at elevations of 800 to 1700 meters as a medium szied, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte and is similar to P concreta but differs in the sheaths of the inflorescence that are compressed-ancipitous, often reduced to a single one, has larger flowers, and has a trilobed lip below the center and blooms in the late spring through summer .

Synonyms Dendrorchis anceps (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891; Polystachya hildebrandtii Kraenzl. 1923; Polystachya mauritania var anceps [Ridley] Perrier 1936

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as P mauritania var anceps; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 11 1983 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo so/so