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Orchid Species: Polystachya gerrardii

Kew currently accepted name is Polystachya cultriformis

Polystachya gerrardii is an orchid species identified by Harv. in 1863. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Polystachya cultriformis.
Genus
Polystachya (Pol.)
Grex
gerrardii
Parents
Species
Author
Harv.
Year
1863
ORIGIN: Found in Ivory Coast, Burundi, Cameroon, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Natal and Transvaal states of South Africa as well as Madagascar, the Comoros, Mauritius, Reunion and the Seychelles at elevations of sea-level to 2900 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte, on trunks of trees in lower, sub, and montane rainforests, riverine forests and rarely as a lithophyte in leaf mold below trees with conical or cylindrical, clustered pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect or suberect, coriaceous, oblong, oblanceolate or elliptic, auricualate basally leaf, that blooms on a terminal, arching 3 to 15 [7.5 to 37.5 cm] long, branched, many [5 to 18] flowered inflorescence with the flowers held at mid leaf height, occurring in the late spring and summer in nature.

FLOWER SIZE: 3/8 to 1/2 inch [1.3 to 1.5 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Polystachya Pol cultriformis 1826 (Thouars) Lindl. ex Spreng.
Add+ Polystachya Pol appendiculata 1903 Kraenzl.
Add+ Polystachya Pol coelogynochila 1926 Kraenzl.
Add+ Polystachya Pol cultrata 1925 Lindl.
Add+ Polystachya Pol kirkii 1895 Rolfe
Add+ Polystachya Pol lujae 1904 De Wild.
Add+ Dendrorkis Dendrorkis appendiculata 1903 (Kraenzl.) Kuntze
Add+ Dendrorkis Dendrorkis cultridendris 1822 Thouars
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