Polystachya songaniensis G.Will. 1982 SECTION Elasticae Kranzl. Photo by A Gassner and JSTOR Plant Sciences Website

deep shade Cool Cold spring

Common Name The Songani Hill Polystachya [An Area of Malawi]

Flower Size 3/8" [8.7 mm]

Found in Malawi on moss covered tree trunks, rocks and sedge clumps and on exposed wet rock on seepage slopes at elevations around 1200 to 2450 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte that forms dense mats and has clustered, onion-shaped, wrtinkled with age, shiney green to purplish pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, apical, linear, grass-like leaves that are deciduous in the dry season and blooms in the spring on an erect, 1.2 to 14" [3 to 35 cm] long, few shortly branched, densely many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Epiphorella songaniensis (G.Will.) Mytnik & Szlach. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing fide