Polystachya modesta Rchb. f.

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Polystachya modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Polystachya modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Polystachya modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Polystachya kindtiana De Wild.
Polystachya shirensis Rchb. f.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Epiphytic, rarely lithophytic herb. Pseudobulbs conical, clustered. Leaves 3-4, elliptic or lanceolate, dark green, often edged with purple. Inflorescence unbranched, up to 18 cm tall. Flowers pale yellow, rarely purple or red. Lip without a raised callus.
Notes: This species is similar to P. tessellata, which is much more robust, has a many-flowered, branched inflorescence and a ridged callus on the lip.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine forest and high rainfall woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Cribb, P. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 363.

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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 339 - 340.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 118 - 119. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 211 - 212. (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 191 - 194. (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.

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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 modesta.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118390, retrieved 30 May 2016

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