Polystachya modesta Rchb. f.

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Polystachya modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Polystachya modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Polystachya modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Polystachya kindtiana De Wild.
Polystachya shirensis Rchb. f.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Epiphytic, rarely lithophytic herb. Pseudobulbs conical, clustered. Leaves 3-4, elliptic or lanceolate, dark green, often edged with purple. Inflorescence unbranched, up to 18 cm tall. Flowers pale yellow, rarely purple or red. Lip without a raised callus.
Notes: This species is similar to P. concreta, which is much more robust, has a many-flowered, branched inflorescence and a ridged callus on the lip.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine forest and high rainfall woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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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 modesta.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118390, retrieved 16 July 2024

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