Polystachya waterlotii Guillaumin 1928

Photos by Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Common Name Waterlot's Polystachya [French Scientist in Madagascar early 20 th cen]

Flower Size

Found in Comoros and Madagascar in high elevation ericaceous scrub and humid forestsat elevations up to 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing lithophytic orchid with fusiform pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3 sheaths and carries 2 to 5, ligulate, longly attenuate toward the base and obtuse apically, rigid, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal to 10" [to 25 cm] long, slightly pubescent, 6 to 12 flowered inflorescence.


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