Stolzia repens (Rolfe) Summerh. 1953 Photo by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Common Name The Low Lying Stolzia

Flower Size 3/8" [1.1 cm]

Found in Ghana, Burundi, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Zaire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in highland forests on mossy branches and rocks at elevations of 1900 to 2830 meters as a small sized, mat-forming, warm to cold growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte with elongated, prostrate, swollen apically pseudobulbs each arising from near the apex of the previous pseudobulb and carrying 2 to 3 apical, elliptic, obovate or rounded leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, short, single flowered inflorescence

Synonyms *Polystachya repens Rolfe 1912; Stolzia repens var. obtusa G.Will.1980

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photos good; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991 drawing fide/photo ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004

Stolzia repens var. obtusa G.Will. 1980

Plant and Flowers in situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Differs from Stolzia repens var. repens in the more rounded shape of the petals and sepals, and dark red-brown flowers with lighter stripes on the petals and sepals. It often has slightly larger and less succulent leaves, possibly due to its moister and more sheltered habitat in montane evergreen forest.