Polystachya eurychila Summerh. 1939 SECTION Eurichilae Photo by Bob Campbell

Partial shade Cool Cold FallWinter

Common Name The Broad Lip Polystachya

Flower Size .24" [.6 cm]

Found in Ethiopia, Uganda and northwestern Kenya on acacia near rivers and on seasonally wet rocks west of the rift valley at elevations of 1700 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with erect, close set, fleshy, scarsely pseyudobulbous but narrowly conical stems carrying 3 to 5, erect to curved, soon deciduous, narrowly linear-lanceolate, grass-like, acute leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a terminal, arising after leaf fall, unbranched to scarcely branched, erect, peduncle with 2 scarious, acute bracts, rachis sparsely setulose-pubescent, 1.6 to 4.4" [4 to 11 cm] long, subensely many flowered inflorescence with broadly deltoid-ovate, acuminate floral bracts .

Synonyms Polystachya longi Chiov. 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Pt 2 Cribb 1984; The Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide