Polystachya pyramidalis Lindl. 1862 SECTION Caulescentes Kraenzl.


Plant in situ Cameroon Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Deep shade Hot Cool Spring Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Pyramidical Polystachya [Refers to how the flower buds are held]

Flower Size

Found in Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon in lowland and montane forests at eleavtions of 50 to 1300 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with cylindrical to fusiform, slender pseudobulbs enveloped by 2 to 3 basal sheaths and carrying to 12, suberect, linear-lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the spring and fall on a terminal, erect, simple or branched, subdensely papillate, 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, densely to 30 flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acute, glabrous floral bracts.

Similar to Polystachya rhodoptera.

Synonyms Dendrorchis pyramidalis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlach. etal 2015 drawing good;