Polystachya campyloglossa Rolfe

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Polystachya campyloglossa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau at Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Polystachya campyloglossa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Polystachya ottoniana Rchb. f. var. confusa sensu Ball
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Status: Native
Epiphyte or occasional lithophyte, forming small clumps. Pseudobulbs ovoid to conical, 2-3 leaved. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, up to 11 cm, often tinged with purple. Inflorescence 2-6 flowered. Flowers yellow to yellow-green; lip 3-lobed, strongly recurved, white with purple-pink edgings on the side lobes.
Notes: Although no records from Mozambique are cited for this species in Flora Zambesiaca Vol. 11 part 2 (La Croix & Cribb, 1998), it was listed in Schelpe's Provisional Checklist for Mozambique (Journal of South african Botany 42-4: 391, 1976)
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Along the edges of evergreen forest and Brachystegia woodland in the mist belt.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Sunday 29 July 2007

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 188 - 189. as Polystachya ottoniana var. confusa (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 395.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 85. As Polystachya ottoniana var. confusa

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 352.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 91. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 227. (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.

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 63.

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 Page 63. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Polystachya campyloglossa.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118300, retrieved 30 November 2023

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