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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mafinga Mountains of Malawi and 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 or lithophytic herb, 3.5–5 cm high.
Vegetative Multiplication Pseudobulbs
Pseudobulbs clustered, up to 10 × 6 mm, ovoid with 1 node, ± covered with scarious bracts, 2–4-leaved.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves to 3.5 × 1 cm, ligulate, conduplicate, arcuate, spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence (floral axis) 1–3.5 cm tall, 1–4-flowered; peduncle pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bright yellow, glabrous on the outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel and Ovary
Pedicel and ovary 6–8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts to 5 mm long, lanceolate, acuminate, scarious.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal 8–8.5 × 2–3 mm, lanceolate, acute; lateral sepals 10–12 × 5.5–6 mm, obliquely lanceolate, acuminate; mentum 3–5 mm long, ± cylindrical.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 7 × 1.4 mm, ligulate, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip fleshy, 9–10 × 4–4.5 mm, with a claw 2 mm long, trullate, shortly acuminate, ecallose, bullate towards the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column very short.

Native to:

Malawi, Zambia

Polystachya mafingensis P.J.Cribb appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 27, 1982 Brummitt, R.K. [16256], Malawi K000048877
Jul 1, 1982 Hargreaves, B.J. [614], Malawi K000048878
Trapnell, C.G. [1819], Zambia K000048879 holotype

First published in I.F.la Croix & al., Malawi Orchids 1: 96 (1983)

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.

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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