Polystachya campyloglossa Rolfe

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Polystachya campyloglossa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge entrance, Vumba

Polystachya campyloglossa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Polystachya campyloglossa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge entrance, Vumba

Polystachya campyloglossa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Polystachya campyloglossa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

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Synonyms: Polystachya ottoniana Rchb. f. var. confusa sensu Ball
Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphyte or occasional lithophyte, forming small clumps. Pseudobulbs ovoid to conical, 2-3 leaved. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, up to 11 cm, often tinged with purple. Inflorescence 2-6 flowered. Flowers yellow to yellow-green; lip 3-lobed, strongly recurved, white with purple-pink edgings on the side lobes.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Along the edges of evergreen forest and Brachystegia woodland in the mist belt.
Altitude range: (metres) 1600 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 29 July 2007

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 188 - 189. as Polystachya ottoniana var. confusa (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 395.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 85. As Polystachya ottoniana var. confusa

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 352.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 91. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 227. (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.

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 63.

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 Page 63. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polystachya campyloglossa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118300, retrieved 19 May 2024

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