Polystachya zambesiaca Rolfe 1895 SECTION Affines Kranzlin Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Color Form Photo by Lourens Grobler.

Plant and Flowers in situ Zimbabwe Photo by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite


Common Name The Zambesi Polystachya

Flower Size 1/2" [1.75 cm]

Found in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe on rocky outcrops and isolated abrupt mountains in brachystegia forests as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte at elevations of 900 to 2000 meters with oblong or ovoid, somewhat compressed, often ribbed pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 oblong or lanceolate, slightly foilded, glaucous green, sometimes purple edged leaves that blooms in the spring on a pubescent, 2 to 3" [5 to 8 cm] lonf, few to many flowered inflorescence which carries pubescent flowers. This plant can be potted or mounted and needs a drier cooler rest.

Synonyms Polystachya hislopii Rolfe 1914; Polystachya lawrenceana var. hislopii (Rolfe) Kraenzl. 1926; Polystachya phiriae Fibeck 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as P hislopii; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 6 1979 photo; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 11 1983 photo; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 photo good; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 2 2007 photo; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlatch. etal 2014 drawing ok