Polystachya caloglossa Rchb.f. 1881 SECTION Caulescentes

Inflorescence and Plant Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Deep shade Warm Cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Beuatiful Lipped Polystachya

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Gulf of Guinea Islands, Cameroon, Gabon, Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Uganda in forests at elevations of 900 to 1500 as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, terete psuedobulbs enveloped basally in youth by 1 to 3, tubular, obtuse sheaths and carrying 4 to 5, apical, obovate to oblanceolate, acute, obscurely unequally bilobed apically, undulate marginally leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, racemose to 5 branched, short branched, 1.6 to 4.8" [4 to 12 cm] long, glabrous, compressed inflorescence with a few color variable flowers

Synonyms Dendrorchis caloglossa (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Polystachya excelsa Kraenzl. 1905; Polystachya rolfeana Kraenzl. 1902

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881; Flora Of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 ; African Orchid in Cultivation and the Wild La Croix 1997; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko etal 2015 drawing fide;