Polystachya mystacioides De Wild. 1903 SECTION Aporoideae

Flower from beneath

Inflorescence and plant Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Deep shade Warm Cool Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Mystacidium-Like Polystachya [refers to the monopodial appearance of the plant]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Gabon and Zaire in dense forests at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphtye with a creeping to pendant stem, pseudobulbs that arise from the apex of the previous, some carrying numerous, distichous, held in a fan, fleshy, bilaterally compressed, ovate, acute leaves and other pseudobulbs carrying a single leaf, that blooms at most any time of the year on a short, terminal, almost sessile, single flowered inflroescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous floral bracts.

Synonyms Polystachya crassifolia Schltr. 1905; Szlachetkoella mystacioides (De Wild.) Mytnik 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 23 Schlechter/Brieger 1990; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlach. etal 2015 as Szlachetkoella mystacioides drawing fide;

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