Polystachya vulcanica Kraenzl. 1923 SECTION Cultriformis Kranzl. Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Clone Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Scott Dallas of White Oak Orchids


Common Name The Volcano Polystachya

Flower Size 1/5" to almost 2/5" [6mm to 10 mm]

Found in Rwanda, Uganda and Zaire as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 1650 to 3000 meters in montane forests on mossy branches and occasionally as a lithophyte, with short psuedobulbs in dense clumps, carrying a single, apical, linear, fleshy, flat or terete leaf that blooms on a 1 to 3" [2.5 to 7.5 cm] long, shorter than the leaf, simple, several [to 5] flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the mature pseudobulb occuring sporadically throughout the year.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 photo ok; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlatch. etal 2014 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #4 2016 photo fide;