Polystachya johnstonii Rolfe 1897 SECTION Affines Kranzlin Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name Johnston's Polystachya [American Botanist]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Malawi on open, rocky hillsides and mountaintops at elevations of 1600 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte on Xerophyta with ovoid, oblong, or almost round yet slightly bilaterally flattened pseudobulbs in dense clumps carrying three, lanceolate, dark glossy green, tinged with dark purple, deciduous leaves that blooms in the fall and spring on a 2" [5 cm] long, few to several [2 to 10] flowered inflorescence arising on new pseudobulbs as the leaves develop.

Synonyms Polystachya johnstonii var. roseopurpurea la Croix & P.J.Cribb 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 as Polystachya johnstonii var. roseopurpurea ; Orchid Digest vol 71 #3 2007photo fide;