Polystachya biteaui P.J.Cribb, la Croix & Stévart 1999 publ. 2000 Photo by T Stevart and West African Orchid Website


SECTION Polychaete CribbPhoto by la Croix and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Biteau's Polystachya

Flower Size

Found in Sao Tome in the Gulf of Guinea islands in evergreen forests and avocado plantations at elevations of 1050 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with clustered, ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2, ligulate-linear, shortly bilobed at the rounded apex, articulate below into the canaliculate basal sheath leaves that blooms in the spring and again in the fall on an erect, peduncle 1.6 to 4.2" [4 to 10.5 cm] long, enveloped by imbricate, conduplicate, acute sheaths, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, over all, racemose, subdensely 15 to 40 flowered inflorescence carrying nutant flowers.

Synonyms Unguiculabia biteaui (P.J.Cribb, la Croix & Stévart) Szlach. & Mytnik 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko etal 2015 as Unguiculabia biteaui drawing fide;