Polystachya zambesiaca

Polystachya zambesiaca

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Polystachyinae
Genus: Polystachya
Species: Pol. zambesiaca
Binomial name
Polystachya zambesiaca
Rolfe 1895

Polystachya zambesiaca is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Polystachya.


Plant blooms in the spring with several 1.75 cm wide flowers.


Plants are found growing in on rocky outcrops of Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe at elevations of 900 to 2000 meters


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


Polystachya zambesiaca red Polystachya zambesiaca cavariant Lip is yellow, sepals and petals are red brown


Common Names: The Zambesi Polystachya


  1. Polystachya hislopii Rolfe 1914
  2. Polystachya lawrenceana var. hislopii (Rolfe) Kraenzl. 1926
  3. Polystachya phiriae Fibeck 1999

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