Polystachya ottoniana Reichb.f. 1855 SECTION Humiles Summerhayes. Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista,

Another Flower Color Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

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 Part 2 Pope 1998; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photo fide;