Polystachya odorata

Polystachya odorata

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Polystachyinae
Genus: Polystachya
Species: Pol. odorata
Binomial name
Polystachya odorata
Lindl. 1862

Polystachya odorata is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Polystachya.


Plant blooms from late spring to early summer with four to eight flowers. Flowers are fragrant.


Plants are found growing on boulders in the forest from Ghana and Cameroon, south to Angola, and east to Kenya and Tanzania at elevations of 600 to 1350 meters


Plants should be grown in fine fir bark or in sphagnum moss with moderate light and intermediate to warm temperatures. Plants can also be mounted. Water regularly during the summer. Reduce watering during the winter and water about every two weeks.


Common Names: The Fragrant Polystachya


  1. Dendrorchis odorata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891
  2. Dendrorchis usambarensis (Schltr.) Kuntze 1903
  3. Polystachya usambarensis Schltr. 1897

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