Polystachya ottoniana Reichb.f. 1855 SECTION Humiles Summerhayes

Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista,

Another Flower Color

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Plant and Flowers

Photo by Cameron McMaster.


Common Name Otto's Polystachya [Otto Beyrodt - Director of Berlin Botanical Garden 1800's]

Flower Size 3/4"

Found in Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland in riverine forests and woodlands at elevations of 800 to 1600 meters as a very common, small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte with ovoid, asymmetric, green, glossy, psuedobulbs carrying 2 to 3 apical, linear-lorate, slightly bilobed apically leaves and blooms in the spring and early summer on a terminal, shorter than the leaves, 3" [7.5 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with bell shaped flowers.

Synonyms Dendrorchis capensis (Sond. ex Harv.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrorchis ottoniana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis capensis (Sond. ex Harv.) Lindl. 1859; Polystachya capensis Sond. ex Harv. 1863; Polystachya glaberrima Schltr. 1895; Polystachya pisobulbon Kraenzl. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo ok; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 ; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing good; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing fide/photo good; Orchid Digest vol 71 #3 2007photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #9 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #12 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #4 2016 photo fide;