Polystachya dalzielii Summerh




Guild: u

Life form: small epiphytic herb Max. height: 7 cm

Leaf: alternate, simple, lanceolate, microphyll (0.22 x 6-12 cm), entire, thin, purplish green Inflorescence: terminal, unbranched (raceme) (up to 15 cm long), rising from a leafless pseudobulb Flower: small; mauve to pink with yellow on lip margin, glabrous

Fruit: dry dehiscent (capsule), elliptic, green-brown; many seeds Seed: very small

Other: the pseudobulb is around 1 cm, conical, very hard, green.


Deciduousness: deciduous Dispersal: by wind

Timing: flowering period from February to March (Johansson 1974)

Data sources

FWTA, Jaeger et al. (1968), Johansson (1974)

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic

Upper Guinea: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire

Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 9 30' cells, distribution range is 756 km Forest type: montane forest


It grows on the middle or outer parts of large tree branches, in full sun and on minor humus deposits. Usually at altitudes over 1000 m (Johansson 1974).

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