Dendrobianthe dendrobiiflora (Rchb. f.) Mytnik

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Dendrobianthe dendrobiiflora

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Dendrobianthe dendrobiiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Fairhaven Rd, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Cyrtopera flexuosa Rolfe
Eulophia flexuosa (Rolfe) Kraenzl.
Eulophia tayloriana (Rendle) Rolfe
Polystachya busseana Kraenzl.
Polystachya dendrobiiflora Rchb. f.
Polystachya flexuosa (Rolfe) Schltr.
Polystachya holochila Schltr.
Polystachya kassneriana Kraenzl.
Polystachya macropetala Kr
Polystachya miranda Kraenzl.
Polystachya tayloriana Rendle
Common names:
Status: Native
A handsome species with relatively large flowers on a straw-like stem, normally flowering before the leaves appear. This is an unusual species within the genus, in that it often grows as a terrestrial in shallow sandy soil. It also occurs as a lithophyte on shaded boulders and occasionally as a low-level epiphyte on Xerophyta spp.
Derivation of specific name: dendrobiiflora: with flowers like a Dendrobium.
Habitat: Found on rocky outcrops and hillsides in woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 2150 m
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s):
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 176 - 177. as Polystachya dendrobiiflora (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 331. as Polystachya dendrobiiflora (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 386. as Polystachya dendrobiiflora

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 69. as Polystachya dendrobiiflora

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 85. as Polystachya tayloriana

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 50.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 362 - 363. as Polystachya dendrobiiflora

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 107 - 108. as Polystachya dendrobiiflora (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 224. as Polystachya dendrobiiflora (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 97. as Polystachya dendrobiiflora

Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. (2011). A Monograph of the Subtribe Polystachyinae Schltr. (Orchidaceae) University of Gdansk, Poland, ISBN 978 83 7531 174 4 Pages 65 - 68. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 123. as Polystachya dendrobiiflora

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 65. as Polystachya dendrobiiflora (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 139. as Polystachya dendrobiiflora


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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dendrobianthe dendrobiiflora., retrieved 2 October 2016

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