Summerhayesia zambesiaca P.J.Cribb 1977

Plant and Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

Part shade WarmCool Fall

Common Name The Zambian Summerhayesia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Malawi, Tanzania, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe in open woodlands with high rainfall and a long dry season at elevations of 600 to 700 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyute or occasional lithophyte with a short stem carrying, 3 to 7, disitchous, linear, folded, recurved, thick, yellowish green leaves held in a fan that blooms in the fall on an axillary, from lower leaf axils, erecet to downward, 5 to 6" [12.5 to 15 cm] long, 4 to 5 flowered inflorescence with the terminal, fleshy, non-resupinate flower opening first


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Malawi Orchids La Croix 1983; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; drawing/photo fide; African Orchids In the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans & Campbell 2006