Polystachya golungensis Rchb. f.

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Synonyms: Polystachya coriacea Rolfe
Polystachya johnsonii Kraenzl.
Polystachya mayombensis De Wild.
Polystachya spiranthoides Kraenzl.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Epiphytic or lithophytic herb. Pseudobulbs clustered, conical to oblong, 2-6 cm tall, 2-4-leaved. Leaves 5-17 cm long, thick and fleshy, folded along the midrib, unequally lobed at the apex. Inflorescence up to 40 cm long, with several short, densely many-flowered, secund branches. Flowers small, 5-6 mm in diameter, bright yellow, yellow-green or brownish-yellow; lip c. 3 mm long, 3-lobed.
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Habitat: In evergreen forest and seasonally dry forest or woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 m (approx)
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 172 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 363 - 364.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 167.

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 339.

Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. (2011). A Monograph of the Subtribe Polystachyinae Schltr. (Orchidaceae) University of Gdansk, Poland, ISBN 978 83 7531 174 4 Pages 196 - 197. (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 67 - 68. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polystachya golungensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118350, retrieved 16 July 2019

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