Polystachya obanensis Rendle 1913 SECTION Affines Kranzlin


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

Deep shade Hot Warm Winter Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Oban Polystachya

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon in humid lowland forests at elevations up to 900 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with oblong, flattened and prostrate to the substratum, chain forming, new growth ariosing from the apex of the previous pseudobulb and carrying 2 basal leaves and a single, apical, oblong to linear-lanceolate, obtuse, shortly and unequally bilobed apically, almoist sessile base leaves that blooms in the winter and summer on an erect, densely pubescent, rachis with 1 to 2 sterile bracts, branched to simple, to 8" [20 cm] long, 15 to 20 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate below, acuminate above, rather thin, densely and shortly pubescent floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlach. etal 2015 drawing good;