Polystachya phirii Fibeck

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Common names:
Status: Native
Small epiphytic or lithophytic plant with narrowly ovoid pseudobulbs growing in dense clusters. Leaves narrowly elliptic. Flowers with petals light yellow; lip white; column red tinged with brown edges.
Notes: A recently described species only known from Mt. Buhwa, Mt. Mberengwa and similar hills on the Limpopo escarpment. It has a severely fragmented distribution on hilltops. Mining could become a threat in the future and it is listed at Lower Risk, Near Threatened.
Derivation of specific name: phirii: named for Werner Fibeck's wife, Virginia Phiri
Habitat: On stunted Brachystegia spiciformis or moss and lichen covered rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) Above 900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known the Limpopo Escarpment in Southern Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 175.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 50.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 130.

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.

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

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 phirii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118410, retrieved 29 February 2024

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