Polystachya seticaulis Rendle 1913 SECTION Polychaete Cribb Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Faoundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Bristly Stem Polystachya

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

Found in Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Congo and Zaire in evergreen forests at elevations of 50 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with very slender, not swollen, fusiform, forming dense mats of pseudobulbs and carrying 2 to 6, apical linear, acaute, suberect to subspreading, distichous leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, erect, glabrous, filiform, up to 2 branched, each to .28" [7 mm] long, .4 to 4" [1 to 10 cm] long ovarall, densely 5 to 20 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, acute, imbricating floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing ok; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlatch. etal 2014 drawing ok