Polystachya perrieri Schltr. 1916

Flower Closeup Photos by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name or Meaning Perrier's Polystachya [French Botanist in Madagascar 1900's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in central Madagascar on bare granite rocks at elevations above 1900 meters as a small sized, cool tp cold growing lithophyte with cylindrical pseuodobulbs carrying 2 to 3, linear-liguate, coriaceous, obtuse leaves that blooms in the summer on a 12 to 24" [30 to 60 cm] long, racemose, densely many flowered inflorescence enveloped by longly adpressed sheaths and a short, thick, rigid, equalling half the length of the pedicel floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939; Orchid Digest vol 71 #3 2007photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide