Polystachya albescens Ridl.
subsp. imbricata (Rolfe) Summerh.

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Polystachya albescens subsp. imbricata

Picture: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle Botanic Garden, Penhalonga

Polystachya albescens subsp. imbricata

Picture: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle Botanic Garden, Penhalonga

Polystachya albescens subsp. imbricata

Picture: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle Botanic Garden, Penhalonga

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Synonyms: Polystachya imbricata Rolfe
Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphytic orchid. Stems clustered, not thickened into pseudobulbs, green; base sometimes covered in remains of old leaf-sheaths. Leaves 3-4, sheathing at the base, apex rounded or pointed. Inflorescence up to 60 mm long with up to 20 pale cream to yellowish-green flowers.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: albescens: whitish;
imbricata: overlapping like roof tiles; possibly referring to the closely spaced flower bracts
Habitat: In moist, shaded situations in montane or riverine forest and high rainfall miombo woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Cameroon, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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Morris, B. (1965). Epiphytic orchids of the Limbuli Stream, Mlanje The Society of Malawi Journal 18(2) Page 62. as Polystachya albescens

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Summerhayes, V.S. (1956). African orchids XXIII Kew Bulletin 11(2) Pages 225 - 226. As Polystachya imbricata subsp. imbricata

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

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Polystachya albescens subsp. imbricata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118280, retrieved 16 June 2024

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