Polystachya serpentina P.J.Cribb 1978 SECTION Isochiloides Photo by E Tanner and The Swiss Orchid Faoundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Snake-Like Polystachya [Refers to the terete overall look of the pseudobulb and long thin leaves that upturn at the apex]

Flower Size .24 to .32" [6 to 8 mm]

Found in the Usambara Hills of Tanzania montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 1400 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with narrowly conical below, slender and terete above pseudobulbs carrying 3, narrowly linear, flexuous, acute, articulated below into the base leaf that blooms on a much shorter than the leaves, pendulous, densely pubescent, terete, racemose, 4.2" [10.5 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence with an upcurved apex and lanceolate, acuminate bracts.

Synonyms Isochilostachya serpentina (P.J.Cribb) Mytnik & Szlach. 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of East Africa Orchidacaeae part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing good;