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Species Information

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Polystachya zuluensis L.Bolus
(name current 2016)


Growth form: Epiphyte
Near Endemic
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Schedule B
Illegal trade

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.

Regional distribution:
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 12, 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 12-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.

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Stewart, J., H.P. Linder, E.A. Schelpe, A.V. Hall. 1982. Wild Orchids of Southern Africa. Macmillan South Africa, Johannesburg.