Polystachya masayensis Rchb.f.1855 SECTION Polystachya

Plant and Flowers Photos by © Karremans, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Plant and Flowers in situ Panama

Close up of Plant and Flowers in situ Panama

Photos by © Wilfried Löderbusch

Fragrant part Shade Hot Cool WinterSpring

Common Name The Masay Polystachya [A mountain in Nicaragua]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 100 to 1400 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing lithophyte or epiphyte in forests and coffee plantations with small, elliptic pseudobulbs enveloped by scarious sheaths and carrying 3 apical, linear to linear-oblanceolate, obtuse, conduplicate leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a simple to few branched, stout, to 8" [20 cm] long, pubescent inflorescence enveloped by closely adpressed, imbricate sheaths and carries fragrant flowers

Synonyms Dendrorchis masasayensis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Polystachya cavanayensis Garay & Dunst. 1976; Polystachya masasayensis var. elatior Rchb.f. 1855

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Bonplandia (Hanover) 3: 217. 1855; Bonplandia (Hanover) 3: 217. 1855 as P masayensis var eliator; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 224. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ammes & Correll 1953; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as P cavanayensis drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1135 Hamer 1984 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 23 Schlechter/Brieger 1990; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo;

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