Polystachya purpureobracteata P.J.Cribb & la Croix 1991 SECTION Affines Photo by JSTOR Plant Sciences Website

deep shade Cool Spring

Common Name The Purple Bracted Polystachya

Flower Size

Found in Malawi in evergreen, riverine and submontane forests at elevations around 1200 to 1550 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte with oblong, glossy pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 5, ligulate to oblanceolate, bright green, purple tinged marginally and basally leaves that blooms in the spring on a 2.4" [6 cm] long, pubescent, densely 5 to 15 flowered inflorescence arising with the new growth.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 photo fide;