Polystachya vaginata Summerh.

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Polystachya vaginata

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Leopard Rock Golf Course, Vumba

Polystachya vaginata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Golf Course, Vumba

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Synonyms: Isochilostachya vaginata (Summerh.) Mytnik & Szlach.
Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphyte or occasional lithophyte. Flowers are borne all along the long stems; plants are usually without leaves at the time of flowering, especially when growing in exposed situations. The sepals are pubescent on the outside.
Derivation of specific name: vaginata, vaginate, sheathed, possessing a sheath.
Habitat: A species of sub-montane forest and high rainfall Brachystegia woodland. Often growing on the main trunk of large trees.
Altitude range: (metres) 1300 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
Endemic status:
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Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 377.

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) Pages 344 - 345. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 115 - 116. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 222. (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.

Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. (2011). A Monograph of the Subtribe Polystachyinae Schltr. (Orchidaceae) University of Gdansk, Poland, ISBN 978 83 7531 174 4 Pages 75 - 76. as Isochilostachya vaginata (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 124.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Polystachya vaginata
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Polystachya vaginata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polystachya vaginata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Polystachya vaginata
Tropicos: Polystachya vaginata

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 vaginata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118480, retrieved 27 June 2019

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