Polystachya tsaratananae H.Perrier 1936 Photo by Gary Yong Gee and his Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Perrier andThe Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Tsarantana Polystachya [A town and Commune within Madagascar ]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in central Madagascar on shaded humid rocks as a small sized, cool growing lithophyte with narrow pseudobulbs carrying 4 to 5, arched, linear, dark to purplish green leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, terminal, peduncle covered by ancipitous sheaths, 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long, rachis .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, subcorymbose, 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with acute, thick, half as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying large flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Orchidaceae Perrier 1939/81 drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Hermans & Cribb 2009 photo