!Oeoniella polystachys (Thouars) Schltr. 1918

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Plant and Inflorescence

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Fragrance Part shade Hot Spring summerFallwinter

Common Name The Richly-Blooming Oeoniella

Flower Size 1 1/2" to 2 2/5" [3.5 to 6 cm]

Found in Madagascar, the Comoros, the Mascarenes and the Seychelles as a common, monopodial, small [common] to large [rare] sized, hot growing epiphytic species with erect, branched, rigid, leafy stems carrying oblong or ligulate, fleshy leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a lateral, axillary, racemose, arching, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, several [7 to 15], fragrant flowered inflorescence with short and rounded floral bracts and the vanilla to Lily of the Valley scented flowers arranged in 2 rows.

Best grown in pots or baskets with high humidity, moderate shade and ample year round water and fertilizing will insure fall to spring blooming.

Synonyms Aeonia polystachya Benth. & Hook. 1889; Aeranthes polystachya (Thouars) Rchb.f. 1864; Angorchis polystachya (Thouars) Kuntze 1891; Angraecum kimballianum R.H. Torr. 1890; Angraecum polystachyum [Thou.]Rchb.f 1828; Beclardia polystachya (Thouars) Frapp. 1880; *Epidendrum polystachys Thouars 1822; Epidorkis polystachya (Thouars) Kuntze 1891; Listrostachys pescatoriana (Lindl.) S.Moore 1877; Listrostachys polystachys (Thouars) Rchb.f. 1864; Macradenia polystachya Spreng. 1826; Monixus polystachys [Thou.]Finet 1907; Oeonia polystachya Benth. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Epidendrum polystachys drawing fide; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1892 as Listrostachys polystachya drawing fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Monixus polystachya drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1981; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 5/459 1991 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 7 1984 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 8 1984; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing /photo fide; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 #5 1991 Drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 9 1993 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo/drawing fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 as Listrostachys pescatoriana; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #5 2019 photo fide;