Polystachya poikilantha Kraenzl. 1909 SECTION Cultriformis [Thouars] Sprengel

Collection sheet Photos by W Bachman, Collection sheet by Jany Renz and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Polystachya poikilantha var. leucorhoda Photo by Cribb and The JSTOR Website


Common Name The Rare Polystachya [refers to the lips appearance as uncooked meat]

Flower Size .44" [1.1 cm]

Found in Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Uganda in deep montane forests at elevations of 1800 to 2900 as a medium sized, cool to cold greowing epiphyte meters with a tufted, thin, green, densely purple spotted stem carrying a single, strap shaped, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, very tough, hard, rounded apically leaf that blooms in the later summer on a terminal, erect, slender, paniculate, 1 to 6 branched, to 7.6" 19 cm] long, , arching to pendulous, many flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, apiculate, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying successively opening flowers.

Synonyms Polystachya leucorhoda Kraenzl. 1909; Polystachya poikilantha var. leucorhoda (Kraenzl.) P.J.Cribb & Podz 1979;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as P leucorhoda photo good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlach. etal 2015 drawing good; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlach. etal 2015 Polystachya poikilantha var. leucorhoda;