Polystachya lindblomii Schltr.

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Synonyms: Polystachya ruwenzoriensis sensu auctt. incl. Morris
Polystachya ugandae Kraenzl.
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Status: Native
Epiphytic herb, erect or pendulous, often forming large clumps. Pseudobulbs arising from the apical half of previous ones, often forming long pendulous chains, each pseudobulb, narrowly cylindric with several nodes covered in dry sheaths, up to 20 cm long, 5-8-leaved. Leaves 5-11 cm long, linear, grass-like, bright green, slightly 2-lobed at the apex. Inflorescence 1-3 cm long, overtopped by the leaves, 3-8-flowered. Flowers 8-9 mm in diameter, creamy-white with a yellow lip, primrose-scented.
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Habitat: Submontane and riverine evergreen forest and high rainfall woodland.
Altitude range: 950 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Etiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 150 - 151. as Polystachya ruwenzoriensis (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1978). Studies in the genus Polystachya (Orchidaceae) in Africa Kew Bulletin 32(4) Page 751.

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 372.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 167.

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

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 348.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 123 - 124. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 216 - 217. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I.F. & La Croix T.M. (1983). Orchids of Bvumbwe The Society of Malawi Journal 36(2) Page 17.

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. (1967). The epiphytic orchids of Soche Mountain. Historic and Scientific Society of Malawi Journal 20(2) Pages 32 - 33. As Polystachya ruwenzoriensis

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 70. As Polystachya ruwenzoriensis

Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. (2011). A Monograph of the Subtribe Polystachyinae Schltr. (Orchidaceae) University of Gdansk, Poland, ISBN 978 83 7531 174 4 Pages 233 - 234. (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.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Pages 68 - 69. (Includes a picture).

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Polystachya lindblomii.
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