Polystachya calluniflora Kraenzl. 1900 SECTION Calluniflorae Kraenzl.

Inflorescence and Plant in situ Cameroon Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Deep shade Cool ColdFall

Common Name or Meaning The Moon-Shaped Lip Callus Polystachya

Flower Size .25" [6mm]

Found in Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Cameroon, Gabon, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in upland forests at elevations of 1300 to 2200 as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with superposed, fusiform psuedobulbs envelopped basally in youth by 2 to 3 scarious sheaths and carrying 2 apical, linear, grass-like, acute leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, cylindrical, [4 to 10 cm] long, racemose, to 15 flowered inflorescence subtended by 1 to 2, long, compressed, acuminate bracts with the uppermost enveloping the basal flowers.

Synonyms Polystachya trigonochila Kraenzl. 1901

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 not = P hologlossa; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990; African Orchids in Cultivation and the Wild La Croix 1997 drawing ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 as P calluniflora var hologlossa = P hologlossa; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko etal 2015 drawing fide;