Swaziland's Flora Database:
Polystachya zuluensis L.Bolus
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Epiphyte
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR nt Endemism: Near endemic Distribution: Usuthu Forest, Mzimba Mnts., Mbabane North In rocky highveld areas, abundant, on Xerophyta. Locally common.
Known only from the Lubombo mountains in northern Kwazulu/Natal and Swaziland.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Polystachya zuluensis - Pseudobulb c 2 cm diam. Basal leaves 1—2, rather stiff, narrow, conspicuously veined, up to c 20 cm long x 5 mm wide. Inflorescence axis up to 45 cm long, straight, with few widely separated 1—2-flowered lateral branches. Perianth pale mauve, or with flush on lip. Sepals and petals c 13 mm long; lip c 10 mm long x 7 mm wide, with shallow notch on each edge.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Stewart, J., H.P. Linder, E.A. Schelpe, A.V. Hall. 1982. Wild Orchids of Southern Africa. Macmillan South Africa, Johannesburg.