Polystachya bifida Lindl. 1862 SECTION Caulescentes Kraenzl. Photos by Murielle Simo-Droissart and Her West African Orchid Website

Common Name The Split in 2 Polystachya

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, The Gulf of Guinea Islands, Gabon, Zaire and Rwanda in submontane, montane, marshy and Bamboo forests at elevations of 700 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, narrowly cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying 7 to 11, linear to linear-lanceolate, widest at the base, unequally bilobed apically, lobes subobtuse leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, dense, simple, glabrous, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, 10 to 30 flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acute glabrous floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Dendrorkis bifida (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Polystachya farinosa Kraenzl. 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing ok; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko etal 2015 drawing ok;