Polystachya fulvilabia Schltr. 1918 SECTION Cultriformis [Thouars] Sprengel

Plant and Flowers Photos by W Bachmann and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Brown Yellow Lipped Polystachya

Flower Size

Found in Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Zaire and Kenya in dry montane and secondary riverine forests at elevations around 390 to 1650 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with narrowly cylindric, loosely clustered pseudobulbs enveloped by 3 to 4 sheaths and carrying a single, coriaceous, linear-lanceolate to oblong, obtuse to acute, articulated below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, erect, peduncle stout, pubescent, shorter than the leaf, 2.2 to 6" [5.5 to 15 cm] long, simple to rarely branched, rachis densely pubescent, laxly to 20 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko etal 2015 drawing ok