Polystachya paniculata (Sw.) Rolfe 1897 SECTION Caulescentes Kranzl. Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Flower Closeup Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name The Paniculate Polystachya

Flower Size .18" [4 mm]

Found in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Etiopia, Uganda and Zaire in rainforests on large primary branches of trees at elevations of 200 to 1900 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout, cylindrical, compressed, sulcate with age, 3 to 4 noded pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 4 distichous, strap-shaped, more or less unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the fall on a branched, many flowered, glabrous, 8" [21 cm] long, terete inflorescence with bright colored flowers subtended by 1 to 3, obtuse to acute sheaths .

Synonyms *Dendrobium paniculatum Sw. 1805

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 11 1983 photo; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Orchids of The Central African Republic A Provisional Checklist Kew Bulletin Vol 42 [3] 1987; Die Orchideen lieferung 23 Schlechter/Brieger 1990 photos ok; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlach. etal 2015 drawing good;

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