!Oeoniella polystachys (Thouars) Schltr. 1918 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Flicker Orchid Photostream

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Carl Withner

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Glen Ladnier

Plant and Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Jubineau and His Bulbophyllum Pages Copyright

Fragrance Part sun Warm to CoolFalltoSpring

Common Name The Richly-Blooming Oeoniella

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

A common, monopodial, small [common] to large [rare] sized epiphytic species found in Madagascar, the Comoros, the Mascarenes and the Seychelles with erect, branched, rigid, leafy stems carrying oblong or ligulate, fleshy leaves that blooms 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 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; Epidorchis polystachya (Thouars) Kuntze 1891 ; 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; AOS Bulletin Vol32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 7 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 8 1984; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing /photo fide; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1981; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 5/459 1991 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 9 1993 photo; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide

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