Polystachya bicarinata Rendle 1908 SECTION Cultriformis [Thouars] Spreng. Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Part sun to Cool to ColdWinterSpring

Common Name The 2 Keeled Polystachya

Flower Size 3/4" [2.1 cm]

Found in Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire, Kenya and Uganda in highland forests at elevations of 1800 to 2600 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with clustered, narrowly conical, dark green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, ovate to obovate, obtuse, basally auriculate, thin leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, branched, 8" [20 cm] long inflorescence carrying 5 to 30 successively opening flowers

Synonyms Polystachya eusepala Kraenzl. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko etal 2015 drawing fide;