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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Zambia.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf, epiphytic herb 2–9 cm tall, flowering when leafless.
Vegetative Multiplication Pseudobulbs
Pseudobulbs c. 5 × 3 mm, ovoid, with several leaves; roots quite stout, 2–3 mm in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 2.8–5.5 cm × 4–8 mm, linear.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence (floral axis) 1–5 cm long, few- to many-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals pale lilac-pink, lip with a rich yellow concavity.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal 2.6 × 1–1.8 mm, ovate; lateral sepals 2.8–3 × 3–4 mm, obliquely triangular; mentum c. 3 mm high.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals c. 2.5 × 1 mm, spathulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 3.8–4 × 2–4.5 mm, obscurely 3-lobed at about halfway, the apical half saccate and papillose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column c. 1 mm long.

[FWTA]

Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white and rose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Hair-cushion on lip yellow
Note
Fragrant.

Native to:

Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Liberia, Nigeria, Zambia, Zaïre

Polystachya saccata (Finet) Rolfe appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Schaijes, M. [1976], Congo, DRC 48000.000
Hepper, F.N. [7742], Côte d'Ivoire 48641.000
597.000
9176.000
Summerhayes, G.V. [90], Nigeria 9190.000
Holmes, W.D. [0253], Zambia 75912.000

First published in Orchid Rev. 26: 107 (1918)

Accepted by

  • Droissart, V., Sonké, B., Simo, M. & Stévart, T. (2009). New orchid records from Atlantic central Africa Edinburgh Journal of Botany 66: 115-132.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Szlachetko, D. & Kowalkoska, A. (2007). Contributions to the orchid flora of Guinea, West Africa Polish Botanical Studies 25: 1-259.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • in Orch. Rev. 26: 107 (1918).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Droissart, V., Sonké, B., Simo, M. & Stévart, T. (2009). New orchid records from Atlantic central Africa Edinburgh Journal of Botany 66: 115-132.
  • Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. (2011). A monograph of the subtribe Polystachyinae Schltr. (Orchidaceae): 1-400. Fundacja Rozwoju Uniwersytetu Gdanskiego.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of West Tropical Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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/
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