Polystachya humbertii H.Perrier 1936

Photos by Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar


Common Name Humbert's Polystachya [French Orchid Collector in Madagascar, Africa and South America early 20th cen]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Madagascar in high elevation ericaceous scrub and humid forests at elevations from 1000 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphytic orchid with small, closely appressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by scarious, striate sheaths and carrying a few, flat, elliptic-oblong, shortly acute, contracted basally leaves that blooms in the later spring on a terminal, 2" [5 cm] long, brown pilose, 6 to 7 flowered inflorescence with 2 to 3 bractiform, narrowly lanceolate sheaths and floral bracts that are 2/3 the length of the pedicel..


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide