Polystachya pobeguinii (Finet) Rolfe 1918 SECTION Elasticae Kranzl.

Photo by C Page


Drawing by J N Fitch

Part shade HotWarmLATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name Pobeguin's Polystachya [French Original Collector of species 1800's-1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Siera Leone, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Cameroon, Gabon and the Gulf of Guinea Islands at elevations up to 900 meters as asmall sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte with narrowly cylindrical above and ovoid-globose bsasally stem envceloped by 3 to 4 papery sheaths and carrying absent at flowering, lanceolate, rather acute leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, terminal, rather stout, pubescent to 6" [15 cm] long, 3 to 14 flowered inflorescence with 2 to 3 short sheaths and spreading, ovate, acute, glabrous, concave, finely denticulate margin floral bracts.

Synonyms *Epiphora pobeguinii Finet 1911; Epiphorella pobeguinii (Finet) Mytnik & Szlach. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Epiphora pobeguinii drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 #1 1958 drawing ok; Orchid Digest vol 71 #3 2007photo fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlach. etal 2015 as Epiphorella pobeguinii drawing good;