Polystachya lindblomii Schltr.

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Synonyms: Polystachya ruwenzoriensis sensu auctt. incl. Morris
Polystachya ugandae Kraenzl.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare in Zimbabwe.
Status: Native
Epiphytic herb, erect or pendulous, often forming large clumps. Pseudobulbs arising from the apical half of previous ones, often forming long pendulous chains, each pseudobulb, narrowly cylindric with several nodes covered in dry sheaths, up to 20 cm long, 5-8-leaved. Leaves 5-11 cm long, linear, grass-like, bright green, slightly 2-lobed at the apex. Inflorescence 1-3 cm long, overtopped by the leaves, 3-8-flowered. Flowers 8-9 mm in diameter, creamy-white with a yellow lip, primrose-scented.
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Habitat: Submontane and riverine evergreen forest and high rainfall woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 950 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Etiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 150 - 151. as Polystachya ruwenzoriensis (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 372.

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) Page 348.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 123 - 124. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 216 - 217. (Includes a picture).

Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. (2011). A Monograph of the Subtribe Polystachyinae Schltr. (Orchidaceae) University of Gdansk, Poland, ISBN 978 83 7531 174 4 Pages 233 - 234. (Includes a picture).

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 391.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Pages 68 - 69. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polystachya lindblomii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118370, retrieved 22 October 2016

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