Polystachya porphyrochila J.Stewart 1973 SECTION Cultriformies Kraenzl.

Inflorescence Photos by Stewart and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part sun Cool Fall

Common Name The Purple Tongued Polystachya

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Tanzania in the Uluguru Mountains in montane rainforests at elevations around 1450 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with tightly clustered, narrowly ovoid-conical, slightly compressed pseudobulbs envelope by 3 to 5 basa; sheaths and carrying a single, coriaceous, lanceoalte to oblanceolate, acute, cuneate below leaf that blooms in the fall on a stout, shorter than the leaf, racemose, [12 to 20 cm] long, successively single to 6 flowered inflorescence with spreading, ovate-triangular acuminate floral bracts.

CAUTION! I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 #11 1983 photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 ;