Polystachya suaveolens Rendle

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Common names:
Status: Native
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Submontane and montane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 1450 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct(Nov)
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania and Malawi.
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Cribb, P.J. (1978). Studies in the genus Polystachya (Orchidaceae) in Africa Kew Bulletin 32(4) Pages 757 - 759. Protologue (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 27.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 346.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 114 - 115. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 222. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polystachya suaveolens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Polystachya suaveolens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polystachya suaveolens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Polystachya suaveolens
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iNaturalist: Polystachya suaveolens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polystachya suaveolens
JSTOR Plant Science: Polystachya suaveolens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polystachya suaveolens
Plants of the World Online: Polystachya suaveolens
Tropicos: Polystachya suaveolens
Wikipedia: Polystachya suaveolens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Polystachya suaveolens.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=220920, retrieved 21 February 2024

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