Orestias foliosa Summerh. 1956

Collection Sheet Scan by Jstor and the JSTOR Plant Science Website

Full shadeWarm SpringSummer

Common Name The Leafy Orestias

Flower Size .16 to .2" [4.5 to 5 mm]

Found in Gabon, Zaire, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe at elevations around 700 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing terrestrial orchid with an erect stem carrying up to 6, scatterd along the stem, narrowly ovate to ovate, acute to acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, to 3" [to 7.5 cm] long, laxly to 8 flowered inflorescence

This is the Isotype of Orestias foliosa and was collected in 5/1954


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; The Taxonomic Revision of the African Genus Orestias Ridl. H.B. Margonska & D.L. Szlachetko 2006 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Szaltchetko etal 2012 drawing fide