Polystachya rhodochila Schltr. 1916 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Red Lipped Polystachya

Flower Size 3/8" [.9 cm]

Found in Madagascar in lichen forests at elevations of 1400 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terestrial or occasional epiphyte with cauliform pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 4 linear-lingulate, slightly attenuate basally leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a 8" [20 cm] long, branched inflorescence with 2 ancipitous, wide sheaths and narrowly lanceolate floral bracts that are longer than the flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing ok; Orchid Digest Vol 71 #3 2007 as P sp pg 134 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide