Polystachya johnstonii Rolfe
var. roseopurpurea la Croix & P.J. Cribb

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Common names:
Status: Native
Differs from var. johnstonii in the flowers opening wide, the sepals and petals being predominantly pink, sometimes tinged with green and the lip, which is deep purple-pink.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Growing on Xerophyta trunks on hillsides and mountain tops.
Altitude range: 1350 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Shire Highlands in Southern Malawi.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
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Cribb, P.J. & La Croix, I. (1997). Two new Orchids from the Flora Zambesiaca Area Pages 1102 - 1104. Protologue

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 351 - 352.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 55 - 56. As Polystachya johnstonii (Includes a picture).

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

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 johnstonii var. roseopurpurea.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=220960, retrieved 18 April 2024

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