Polystachya valentina I.la Croix & P.J.Cribb 1996 SECTION Affines Kranzlin Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Marni Turkel

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Walter Teague

Common Name The Valentin Polystachya

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in eastern Zimbabwe on mountain slopes arising on granite and sandstone rocks at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing lithophyte with conical to pear shaped, clustered, slightly ridged, single noded pseudobulbs carrying 4 to 5, narrowly elliptic, dark green leaves with a purple margin and blooms on a pubescent, 3 to 5" [7.5 to 12 cm] long, several to many [6 to 10] flowered inflorescence occuring in the summer with long-lasting, pubescent, flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo;

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