Polystachya stuhlmannii Kraenzl. 1895 SECTION Polychaete Cribb ="orphotdir/polystuhlmannii.jpg">Inflorescence Photos by Vincent Droissart and his The Orchidaceae of Central Africa Website

Part shadeWarm to Cool LATERSummerFall

Common Name Stuhlmann's Polystachya

Flower Size tiny

Found in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon, Congo, Zaire, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in forests and open woodlands as well as on lichen covered sandstone outcrops at elevations of 800 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with ovoid, conical to cylindrical, ribbed, somewhat flattened bilaterally, pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, linear, grass-like, suberect, curved, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the later summer and fall on a terminal, erect, 1 to 7.2" [2.5 to 18 cm] long, densly many flowered inflorescence and carrying flowers that never seem to open well and often self fertilize .

CAUTION! I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution

Synonyms Polystachya adansoniae var. stuhlmannii (Kraenzl.) Geerinck 1992

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlatch. etal 2014 drawing ok