Polystachya adansoniae Rchb. f.

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Polystachya adansoniae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Mevumodzi Gorge, Eastern Chimanimani Mts

Polystachya adansoniae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Mevumodzi Gorge, Eastern Chimanimani Mts

Polystachya adansoniae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Mevumodzi Gorge, Eastern Chimanimani Mts

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Common names:
Status: Native
Small epiphytic or rarely lithophytic orchid. Pseudobulbs set closely together on a rhizome. Leaves usually 2-3, 5-16 cm long, glossy green. Inflorescence very densely many-flowered, Flowers very small, 2-3 mm in diameter, creamy-yellow, more or less heavily tinged with purple.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In evergreen forest and high rainfall Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: 1150 - 1650 m
Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 16 August 2015

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 84.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Polystachya adansoniae
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polystachya adansoniae
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JSTOR Plant Science: Polystachya adansoniae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polystachya adansoniae
Plants of the World Online: Polystachya adansoniae
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Wikipedia: Polystachya adansoniae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Polystachya adansoniae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118270, retrieved 21 July 2024

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