Stolzia compacta P.J.Cribb 1977 subsp purpurata Cribb

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Common Name The Compact Stolzia

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Southern Malawi and Zimbabwe on mossy branches in montane forests at elevations of 1600 to 2300 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with ovoid or pear-shaped, chain-forming pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblanceolate, thin leaf that blooms in the winter on a very short, single flowered inflorescence with resupinate, campanulate, rather fleshy flowers.

The Type has yellow flowers, the variety purpurata has dull purple to brick red flowers that are slightly smaller as well as the plant smaller than the type .

Synonyms Porpax compacta (P.J.Cribb) Schuit., Y.P.Ng & H.A.Pedersen 2018; Porpax compacta subsp. iringana (P.J.Cribb) Schuit., Y.P.Ng & H.A.Pedersen 2018; Porpax compacta subsp. purpurata (P.J.Cribb) Schuit., Y.P.Ng & H.A.Pedersen 2018; Stolzia compacta subsp. iringana P.J.Cribb 1978; Stolzia compacta subsp. purpurata P.J.Cribb 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 as S compacta subsp purpurpata drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 as S compacta var purpurata drawing fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing fide; Malawi Orchids La Croix 1983