Polystachya brassii Summerh. 1954 SECTION Eurychilae

Plant and Flowers Photo by and Botanical Gardens of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Website

Fragrance deep shade Cool Winter

Common Name Brass' Polystachya [Orchid Collector in Malawi 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Malawi and Zambia in brachystegia forests on lichen covered trees at elevations around 1100 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing terrestrial that forms dense mats and has clustered, globose to ovoid, dark green to purplish pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, linear, grass-likedeciduous in the dry season leaves that blooms in the winter on an erect, .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant [primrose] flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing good; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1998 photo fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlatch. etal 2014 drawing ok