Polystachya ottoniana Rchb.f.

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Polystachya ottoniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
In cultivation D. Breakwell, Nyanga

Polystachya ottoniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
In cultivation D. Breakwell, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Polystachya capensis Sond. ex Harv.
Polystachya glaberrima Schltr.
Polystachya pisobulbon Kraenzl.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Small epiphytic or lithophytic herb, the lightgreen pseudobulbs forming a chain. Flowers white with a more or less distinct pink stripe along the centre of the sepals and a broad yellow central line on the recurved lip.
Derivation of specific name: ottoniana: after Friedrich Otton, Austrian botanist and director of Schonbrunn Gardens, Vienna in the mid-19th Century
Habitat: Riverine forest and woodland
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique, Eswatini and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape, South Africa
Mozambique distribution: M
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Content last updated: Monday 14 November 2011

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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 ottoniana.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118400, retrieved 8 December 2023

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