Polystachya golungensis Rchb.f. 1865 SECTION Polystachya

Another Color Form Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Part sun to Hot to CoolSummer

Common Name The Golunge Polystachya [An area in Angola whree the type was collected]

Flower Size .2" [6mm]

Found in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Togo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Zaire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe in lowland evergreen and riverine forests at elevations of 200 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing, high level epiphyte or occasional lithophyte with narrowly conical to cylindrical, curved, close set pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 4, fleshy, narrowly strap-shaped, conduplicate, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, to 16" [40 cm] long, shortly branched, many flowered inflorescence enveloped basally by papery sheaths and carrying rather fleshy, sparsely pubescent flowers.

Synonyms Dendrorchis golungensis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Polystachya coriacea Rolfe 1913; Polystachya johnsonii Kraenzl. 1926; Polystachya mayombensis De Wild. 1903; Polystachya spiranthoides Kraenzl. 1926

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Orchids of The Central African Republic A Provisional Checklist Kew Bulletin Vol 42 [3] 1987; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 ; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko etal 2015 drawing fide;