Polystachya ramulosa Lindl. 1838 SECTION Polychaete

Plant Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Deep shadeWarm Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Branched Polystachya

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Siera Leone, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Zaire, Uganda and Tanzania in wet forests at elevations of 600 to 900 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm growing epiphyte with obscure, ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, oblanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, subacute to obtuse, articulated to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, paniculate, 2 to 10.8" [5 to 27 cm] long, produced with or after the deciduous leaves, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Dendrorchis ramulosa (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Polystachya ramulosa var. angustifolia Summerh. 1939

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Orchids of The Central African Republic A Provisional Checklist Kew Bulletin Vol 42 [3] 1987; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 photo ok; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlach. etal 2015 drawing good;