Polystachya piersii P.J. Cribb 1983 SECTION Affines Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Another Angle Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Petite Plaisance

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Common Name Piers' Polystachya [English Physician in Tanzania Orchid Writer]

Flower Size 4/5" [2 cm]

Found only in Kenya as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte in upland forests at elevations of 2500 to 2700 meters with slender, narrowly conical to sub-cyclindrical pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, conduplicate, narrowly oblanceolate, subacute leaves that blooms on an erect, terminal, 5 to 6" [12.5 to 15 cm] long, several [5 to 8] flowered inflorescence with pubescent, very fleshy flowers occuring in the summer through winter.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo;

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