Polystachya zambesiaca Rolfe

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Polystachya zambesiaca

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Bunga Views, Vumba

Polystachya zambesiaca

Photo: Petra Ballings
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Polystachya zambesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

Polystachya zambesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

Polystachya zambesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

Polystachya zambesiaca

Photo: Ken Worsley
Honde View Nyanga.

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Synonyms: Polystachya hislopii Rolfe
Polystachya phiriae Fibeck
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Epiphyte or lithophyte. Pseudobulbs more or less conical, 3-4-leaved. Leaves oblanceolate, up to 15 cm, slightly 2-lobed at the apex. Flowers fleshy, pubescent on the outside. Petals and sepals pointed, greenish-yellow or lemon-yellow. Lip very fleshy, white with purple veins on the side lobes.
Notes: In certain populations in Eastern Zimbabwe, the flowers are considerably larger than elsewhere in Africa.
Derivation of specific name: zambesiaca: of the Zambezi region
Habitat: Often clump-forming in Brachystegia woodland, at higher altitudes it may occasionally be found on evergreen trees.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Aug - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 180 - 181. (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 399 - 400.

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 349.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 99 - 101. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 232. (Includes a picture).

Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. (2011). A Monograph of the Subtribe Polystachyinae Schltr. (Orchidaceae) University of Gdansk, Poland, ISBN 978 83 7531 174 4 Pages 254 - 256. (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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 140.

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polystachya zambesiaca
African Plant Database: Polystachya zambesiaca
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Polystachya zambesiaca
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Polystachya zambesiaca
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polystachya zambesiaca
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Polystachya zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Polystachya zambesiaca
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Polystachya zambesiaca
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Polystachya zambesiaca
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polystachya zambesiaca
Ispot Southern Africa: Polystachya zambesiaca
JSTOR Plant Science: Polystachya zambesiaca
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Polystachya zambesiaca
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Polystachya zambesiaca
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polystachya zambesiaca
The Plant List (version 1.1): Polystachya zambesiaca
Tropicos: Polystachya zambesiaca

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 zambesiaca.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118500, retrieved 16 July 2019

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