Polystachya oreocharis Schltr. 1924 Photo by Dominique Karadjoff and his Madagascar Orchids Species Website

Part shade CoolWinter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Mountain Loving Polystachya

Flower Size 1/3" [8 mm]

Found in Madagascar in lichen forests at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a simple to rarely branched, slightly sinuate, in a linear series, elongate, narrow pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, very thin, basally subcordate, shortly clasping, widely lanceolate leaves that blooms all most year round on a terminal, erect, to 5" [12.5 cm] long, finely pubescent, 18 to 20 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing ok; Orchids of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing good; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide