Polystachya adansoniae Rchb. f.

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Polystachya adansoniae

Picture: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Polystachya adansoniae

Picture: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

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Common names:
Status: Native
Small epiphytic or rarely lithophytic orchid. Pseudobulbs set closely together on a rhizome. Leaves usually 2-3, 5-16 cm long, glossy green. Inflorescence very densely many-flowered, Flowers very small, 2-3 mm in diameter, creamy-yellow, more or less heavily tinged with purple.
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Habitat: In evergreen forest and high rainfall Brachystegia woodland.
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Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 192 - 193. (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 367 - 368. (Includes a picture).

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 85.

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La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 119 - 120. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 214 - 215. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 97.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 123.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 60. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 138 - 139.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1956). African orchids XXIII Kew Bulletin 11(2) Pages 230 - 231.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 118 - 120. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 84.

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Flora of Malawi: Polystachya adansoniae
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Polystachya adansoniae

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polystachya adansoniae
African Plant Database: Polystachya adansoniae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Polystachya adansoniae
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GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Polystachya adansoniae
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iNaturalist: Polystachya adansoniae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polystachya adansoniae
JSTOR Plant Science: Polystachya adansoniae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polystachya adansoniae
Plants of the World Online: Polystachya adansoniae
Tropicos: Polystachya adansoniae
Wikipedia: Polystachya adansoniae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Polystachya adansoniae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118270, retrieved 4 October 2023

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