Polystachya subulata Finet 1911 SECTION Caulescentes Kranzl

Plant and Flowers Photos by Vincent Droissart and his The Orchidaceae of Central Africa Website


Common Name The Terete Polystachya

Flower Size

Found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Central African Republic in gallery and open forests or in savanah woodlands at elevations of 610 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with narrowly cylindric, conical in the lower part pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, narrowly lanceolate to elliptic, acute, obscurely bilobed apically, suberect leaves that blooms in the later spring on an erect, peduncel subdensely pubescent, single basal sheath, .6 to 2.2" [1.5 to 5.5 cm] long, much shorter than the leaves, unbranched to occasionally with 1 to 2 basal branches, rachis almost glabrous, 6 to 20 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous floral bracts.

Synonyms Polystachya inaperta Guillaumin 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 #10 1970 photo good; Orchids of The Central African Republic A Provisional Checklist Kew Bulletin Vol 42 [3] 1987; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlatch. etal 2014 drawing ok