Polystachya mildbraedii Kraenzl. 1909 SECTION Cultriformis [Thouars] Spreng. Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Part shadeCold Summer

Common Name Milbraed's Polystachya [German Explorer in South Africa late 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Uganda in upper montane forests at elevations of 2500 to 3500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with clustered, narrowly cylindric pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3 membraneous sheaths and carrying a single, coriaceous, linear, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, racemose, .35 to 1.6" [.8 to 4 cm] long, to 4 flowered inflorescence that is shorter than the leaf and has a membraneous, basal bract and ovate-triangular, amplexicaul, acuminate bracts

SynonymsPolystachya angustifolia Summerh. 1931; Polystachya imbricata subsp. angustifolia Summerh. 1956; Polystachya megalogenys Summerh. 1953; Polystachya mildbraedii var. angustifolia (Summerh.) Geerinck1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 as P angustifolia; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Die Orchideen lieferung 23 Schlechter/Brieger 1990 as P angustifolia; Die Orchideen lieferung 23 Schlechter/Brieger 1990; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlach. etal 2015 drawing good;