Polystachya villosa Rolfe 1894 SECTION Affines Kranzlin

Another Inflorescence Photos by Copyright Alan Gregg Swansea Botanical Complex

FragrancePart shadeCoolLATESpring

Common Name The Hairy Polystachya [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Congo, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in riverine forests and high rainfall woodlands at elevations of 1100 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with oblong to conical, slightly compressed, yellowish, ribbed pseduobulbs with several nodes and carrying 3 to 4, oblanceolate to ligulate, minutely bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the late spring on a villously hairy, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, densely many flowered, racemose but occasionally single branched inflorescence carrying primrose scented flowers

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 6 1979 photo; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Die Orchideen lieferung 23 Schlechter/Brieger 1990; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlatch. etal 2014 drawing ok

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