Polystachya leucosepala P.J.Cribb 1978 SECTION AffinesPhoto by Gary Yong Gee and his Orchid Photo Website

Fragrance Part shade ColdLATE Winter EARLIERSpring

Common Name The White Sepal Polystachya

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in northern Kenya and northern Tanzania in mossy montane forests at elevations around 2000 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with narrowly conical, glossy dark yellow brown when dry pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, narrowly elliptic to oblong-ellipitc, obscurely bilobed apically, petiolatae base leaves that blooms in the late winter and earlier spring on an erect, arising on a just to newly developing pseudobulb, toi 4.4" [11 cm] long, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with setaceous, lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying sweetly scented flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997