Polystachya superposita Rchb.f. 1881 SECTION Superpositae Kraenzl.

Inflorescence Photos by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Superposed Polystachya [refers tothe new growth arising from the middle of the old pseudobulb]

Flower Size

Found in western Cameroon in montane and submontane forests at elevations of 1600 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with narrowly cylindrical pseudobulbs, new growths arising from the middle of the previous one, enveloped by basal sheaths and carrying 2 to 4, lanceoalte, linear-elliptic to linear-ligulate, acute, apically bilobed leaves that blooms in the spring and again in the fall on a terminal, erect, paniculate, 1 to 2" [2.5 to 5 cm] long, many flowered inflroescence with ovate-lanceolate to triangular-oblong, acute, sparsely glandular floral bracts. .

Synonyms Dendrorkis superposita (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 ; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlatch. etal 2014 drawing fide