Polystachya heckmanniana Kraenzl.

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Status: Native
Notes: The population on Mt Mulanje differs slightly from northern and East African plants and my represent a separate taxon.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On trees and rocks in high rainfall woodland and submontane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 1750 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov(Sept-Oct on Mt Mulanje)
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and ?Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 331.

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) Pages 340 - 342.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 112. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 224. (Includes a picture).

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 74. As Polystachya nr. heckmanniana

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 68.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 139.

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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 heckmanniana.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=220930, retrieved 15 April 2024

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