Polystachya sandersonii Harv. 1863 SECTION Affines Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

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Common Name Sanderson's Polystachya [South African Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Swaziland, Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal states of South Africa in warmer coastal forests as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with conical, yellowish, ribbed, two-noded pseduobulbs carrying 2 to 3, ligulate, minutely bilobed apically leaves and blooms in the spring and early summer on a terminal, erect, pubescent, 4" [10 cm] long, longer than the leaves, 5 to 16 flowered inflorescence and carrying non-resupinate, densely pubescent outside to glabrous flowers.

Synonyms Dendrorkis pachyglossa (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Polystachya pachyglossa Rchb.f. 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing ok; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photo fide;

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