Polystachya purpureobracteata P.J. Cribb & la Croix

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Synonyms: Polystachya sp. Morris No. 2. of Morris, Epiphyt. Orch. Malawi: 67 (1970).
Common names:
Frequency: Very locally frequent
Status: Native
Derivation of specific name: purpureobracteata: with purple bracts.
Habitat: On trees in evergreen riverine and submontane forest or sometimes on exposed rock faces.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1550 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to Mt Mulanje, Malawi.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 355. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 102. as Polystachya sp. no. 1 (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 234. Protologue (Includes a picture).

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 67 - 69. as Polystachya sp. Morris No. 2. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 18.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 139 - 140.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polystachya purpureobracteata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polystachya purpureobracteata
Plants of the World Online: Polystachya purpureobracteata
Tropicos: Polystachya purpureobracteata
Wikipedia: Polystachya purpureobracteata

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 purpureobracteata.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=221000, retrieved 23 April 2024

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