Polystachya longiscapa Summerh. 1934 SECTION Dendrobianthe Schlechter Photo by Danny Lentz , plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Inflorescence Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Long Inflorescence Polystachya

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Tanzania as a medium to large sized, cool growing lithophyte on mountain slopes at elevations of 1100 to 1600 meters with conical, clustered pseudobulbs carrying 4 to 8, linear, acute, sometimes purple blotched, deciduous leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, 3 foot [90 cm] long, branched, several flowered inflorescence with overlapping sheaths. Give this species a bark or terrestrial mix, bright light and a dry winter rest after the leaves fall.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 11 1983 photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 ; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo fide; Orchid Digest vol 71 #3 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #4 2016 photo fide;