Polystachya malilaensis Schltr.

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Synonyms: Polystachya zambesiaca Rolfe var. malilaensis (Schltr.) Geerinck
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Status: Native
Description:
Small epiphytic herb, occasionally lithophytic. Pseudobulbs ovate to conical, 10-20 mm tall, green or reddish, 2-3-leaved. Leaves 4-12 cm long, lanceolate or oblong-oblanceolate, often purple-tinged and with a purple line around the margin. Inflorescence up to 15 cm long, fairly densely up to c. 20-flowered. Flowers yellowish to yellowish-brown, purple-tinged, becoming deep orange-brown with age; lip white with purple spots, strongly recurved, fleshy, 3-lobed.
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Habitat: Montane evergreen forest and high rainfall woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2285 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 232 - 233. (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 333.

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 398.

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 353.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 98 - 99. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 230 - 231. (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 256 - 257. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polystachya malilaensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118380, retrieved 11 December 2017

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