Polystachya rosea Ridl. 1885

Photos by Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar


Common Name The Rose Colored Polystachya

Flower Size 9/16" to 5/8" [1.4 to 1.6 cm]

Found in Madagascar on shady and or bare rocks at elevations around 1000 to 1500 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with elongated pseudobulbs enveloped basaslly by 3 to 4 inflated acuminate sheaths and carrying 2 to 3 narrowly lanceolate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on an erect, often simple several flowered inflorescence with 3 very short basal sheaths and floral bracts that are less than 1/3 the length of the pedicel


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing ok; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide