Polystachya zambesiaca Rolfe

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Polystachya zambesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau at Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Polystachya zambesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau at Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Polystachya zambesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau at Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Polystachya hislopii Rolfe
Polystachya phiriae Fibeck
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Epiphyte or lithophyte. Pseudobulbs more or less conical, 3-4-leaved. Leaves oblanceolate, up to 15 cm, slightly 2-lobed at the apex. Flowers fleshy, pubescent on the outside. Petals and sepals pointed, greenish-yellow or lemon-yellow. Lip very fleshy, white with purple veins on the side lobes.
Derivation of specific name: zambesiaca: of the Zambezi region
Habitat: Often clump-forming in Brachystegia woodland, at higher altitudes it may occasionally be found on evergreen trees.
Altitude range: 900 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Aug - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Sunday 13 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 zambesiaca.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118500, retrieved 31 March 2023

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