FZ.34. Polystachya Hook.

DENDROBIANTHE Mytnik & Szlach.

EPIPHORELLA Mytnik & Szlach.


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

Description of the genus

Epiphytic, occasionally lithophytic or terrestrial, herbs with sympodial growth. Pseudobulbs usually present. Leaves linear to elliptic or oblanceolate, of various textures. Inflorescence a raceme or panicle, arising from the apex of the pseudobulb. Flowers usually not resupinate, usually scented. Lateral sepals fused to the column-foot to form a mentum. Lip usually 3-lobed, less often entire, glabrous or pubescent, often recurved, fleshy. Pollinia 2.

Worldwide: 150 species in tropical and warm areas

Zimbabwe: 26 taxa.

Polystachya zambesiaca

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adansoniae Rchb. f.EDescription, Image
albescens Ridl. subsp. imbricata (Rolfe) Summerh.C,E,SDescription, Image
caespitifica Kraenzl. ex Engl. subsp. hollandii (L. Bolus) P.J. Cribb & PodzorskiEDescription, Image
campyloglossa RolfeEDescription, Image
concreta (Jacq.) Garay & H.R. SweetE,SDescription, Image
concreta (red-flowered form) EDescription, Image
cultriformis (Thouars) Spreng.EDescription, Image
cultriformis (yellow-flowered form) Description, Image
dendrobiiflora Rchb. f.N,C,EDescription, Image
fusiformis (Thouars) Lindl.EDescription, Image
fusiformis × lindblomii hybridEDescription
golungensis Rchb. f.[CR]EDescription
greatrexii Summerh.N,W,CDescription, Image
lindblomii Schltr.[CR]EDescription
malilaensis Schltr.EDescription
modesta Rchb. f.N,E,SDescription, Image
ottoniana Rchb.f.N?Description, Image
phirii Fibeck[End][LR-nt]SDescription
pubescens (Lindl.) Rchb. f.[EX?]EDescription, Image
simplex RendleEDescription, Image
stuhlmannii Kraenzl.EDescription
subumbellata P.J. Cribb & Podzorski[NrEnd][VU]EDescription, Image
transvaalensis Schltr.C,EDescription, Image
vaginata Summerh.EDescription, Image
valentina la Croix & P.J. Cribb[NrEnd][LR-nt]EDescription, Image
zambesiaca RolfeC,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Polystachya:

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Flora of Malawi: Polystachya
Flora of Mozambique: Polystachya
Flora of Zambia: Polystachya

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polystachya
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Polystachya
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polystachya
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Polystachya
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Polystachya
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polystachya
JSTOR Plant Science: Polystachya
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polystachya
Plants of the World Online: Polystachya
Tropicos: Polystachya
Wikipedia: Polystachya

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Polystachya.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=434, retrieved 8 December 2023

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