Polystachya mafingensis P.J.Cribb

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Synonyms: Polystachya heckmanniana sensu Williamson in Orch. S. Centr. Africa: 122 (1977), non Kraenzl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Dwarf epiphytic or lithophytic herb, 3.5–5 cm high. Pseudobulbs clustered, ovoid to 10 mm high, 2–4-leaved. Leaves tongue-shaped, up to 3.5 cm long, folded along the length. Inflorescence 1–3.5 cm tall, 1–4-flowered; peduncle pubescent. Flowers bright yellow, hairless outside. Dorsal sepal lanceolate, 8–8.5 mm long; lateral sepals obliquely lanceolate, 10–12 mm long. Petals tongue-shaped, 7 mm long. Lip fleshy, 9–10 mm, with a claw 2 mm long.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: mafingensis: of the Mafinga Mts.
Habitat: In mistbelt woodland and wooded grassland, an epiphyte on dwarf shrubs and trees and Xerophyta spp., occasionally on rocks.
Altitude range: 2200 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from the Mafinga Mts in Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 342 - 343. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 96 - 97. Protologue (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 225. (Includes a picture).

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

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 121 - 122. as Polystachya heckmanniana (Includes a picture).

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Polystachya mafingensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=209780, retrieved 6 December 2021

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