Polystachya boliviensis Schltr. 1913

SECTION Polystachya Photo by Mulder & Mulder-Roelfsema

Drawing Drawing by Vasquez & Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part ShadeCool Spring

Common Name The Bolivian Polystachya

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Peru and Bolivia in moist tropical montane forests at elevations around 1850 meters as aminiature sized, cool growing epiphyte with small, subglobose pseudobulbs envloped by distichous, imbricating sheaths and carrying 3 to 4, linear-oblong, acute leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, peduncle is shorter than the nrachis and is enveloped by 1 to 2 conduplicate spathes, short, paniculate, 1 to 2 laterally branched several to many flowered inflorescence and carrying non-resupinate, nodding, fleshy flowers

Close to P concreta but differs in the height of the basal crest and the shape of the sidelobes. Differs from P foliosa by the much shorter inflorescence and the shape of the sidelobes.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 582 Vasquez & Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 360 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide;