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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to Zambia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Orchidaceae, I. la Croix & P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:2. 1998

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf, epiphytic herb 2.5–10 cm high.
Vegetative Multiplication Pseudobulbs
Pseudobulbs 5–8 × 4–5 mm, ovoid, 2–3-leaved; roots c. 1 mm in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3–8.5 × 0.5–1 cm, oblanceolate, conduplicate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 2–9-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel and Ovary
Pedicel and ovary 5–7 mm long, very slender.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts c. 3.5 × 3.5 mm, ovate, acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bright orange, the lip with minute red dots, column orange-yellow.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal 6–8.7 × 3.3–4 mm, ovate; lateral sepals 8–10.5 × 4.6–5.7 mm, obliquely ovate; mentum 3.8–4.5 mm high.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5.3–6.7 × 1.5–1.7 mm, oblanceolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 6–7.3 × 4.4–5 mm, 3-lobed; mid-lobe 4–4.8 × 3 mm, ovate, fleshy, rugulose-bullate; side lobes slightly tessellate; disk with very short hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2 cm long, ellipsoid.

Native to:

Zambia, Zaïre

Polystachya epiphytica De Wild. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 1, 1913 Verdick [261] K000242383
Milne-Redhead, E. [2997], Zambia 17871.000
Holmes, W.D. [063], Zambia 9111.000

First published in Ann. Mus. Congo Belge, Bot., sér. 4, 1: 172 (1903)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. (2011). A monograph of the subtribe Polystachyinae Schltr. (Orchidaceae): 1-400. Fundacja Rozwoju Uniwersytetu Gdanskiego.
  • Szlachetko, D.L. & Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. (2015). Orchidaceae of West-Central Africa 2: 1-300. Koeltz Scientific books, Koenigsheim, Germany.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. (2011). A monograph of the subtribe Polystachyinae Schltr. (Orchidaceae): 1-400. Fundacja Rozwoju Uniwersytetu Gdanskiego.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0