Polystachya laurentii De Wild. 1903 SECTION Affines Kraenzl.

Plant and Flowers Photos by Vincent Droissart and his Orchidaceae in Central Africa Website

Fragrance Part Shade HotCool WinterSpring

Common Name Laurent's Polystachya [Belgian Orchid Collector in Zaire later 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda in montane and submontane rainforests at elevations around 150 to 1350 meters as a small to medium sized, hot cool growing epiphyte with ellipsoid pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 4, well spaced, oblong, obtuse leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, erect, sometimes simple but often with 1 to 5 branched, to 8" [20 cm] long, rather laxly many flowered inflorescence with strongly scented, densely pubescent on the exterior flowers .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 photo good; African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 2015 drawing good;