Polystachya dolichophylla Schltr. 1905 SECTION Polystachya Photos courtesy of Photo courtesy of Guy Ramette-Vovan and his Gabon Orchids Website

Common Name or Meaning The Long-Leafed Polystachya

Flower Size

Found in Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Siera Leone, Togo, Cameroon and Gabon in sedge mats and forests fringing mangrove swamps at elevations of 260 to 900 meters as a miniature to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte and sometime terrestrial with conical to narrowly conical pseusobulbs caryying 2 to 5, narrowly oblong, obtusely bilobed apically leaves that blooms spring summer and fall on an erect, densely pubescent, to 5 branched, 4.8 to to 10" [12 to 25 cm] long, several to many flowered inflorescence arising before the leaves mature and has ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, densely pubescent floral bracts.

Synonyms Polystachya guerzorum A.Chev. 1920; Polystachya hamiltonii W.W.Sm. 1915; Polystachya oxychila Schltr. ex Kraenzl. 1926; Polystachya simoniana Kraenzl. 1926

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970 photo good; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko etal 2015 drawing good;