Polystachya campyloglossa Rolfe 1909 SECTION Affines Kranzlin

Photo by Lourens Grobler


Plant and Flowers in situ in Zimbabwe

Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

FragrancePart Shade CoolFallWinter

Common Name The Bent Lip Polystachya

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe on small trees and bushes in cloudy hill forests at elevations of 1100 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte with clustered, ovoid to ovoid-conical pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, ligulate to oblong-ligulate or oblong lanceolate, rounded and unequally bilobed apcially leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a terminal, erect, 3 to 5" [7.5 to 12.5 cm], 2 to 6 flowered inflorecence with fragrant bannana to strawberry scented, shortly pubescent flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo good; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 2 1994; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Orchid Digest vol 71 #3 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016