Polystachya golungensis Rchb. f.

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Synonyms: Polystachya coriacea Rolfe
Polystachya johnsonii Kraenzl.
Polystachya mayombensis De Wild.
Polystachya spiranthoides Kraenzl.
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Status: Native
Epiphytic or lithophytic herb. Pseudobulbs clustered, conical to oblong, 2-6 cm tall, 2-4-leaved. Leaves 5-17 cm long, thick and fleshy, folded along the midrib, unequally lobed at the apex. Inflorescence up to 40 cm long, with several short, densely many-flowered, secund branches. Flowers small, 5-6 mm in diameter, bright yellow, yellow-green or brownish-yellow; lip c. 3 mm long, 3-lobed.
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Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
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Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 59.

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Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 391.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Pages 67 - 68. (Includes a picture).

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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 golungensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118350, retrieved 26 March 2023

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