AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Stolzia compacta P.J.Cribb, Kew Bull. 32: 159 (1977).
Descrlption:

A dwarf species; pseudobulbs ovoid or pear-shaped, to 15 x 9 mm, forming chains, with one leaf at the apex. Leaves to 9 x 1 cm, oblanceolate, rather thin in texture. Inflorescences one-flowered, very short. Flowers pale to deep yellow or purple-red. Dorsal sepal7-10 x 2-3.5 mm, lanceolate, acuminate, the mar- gins reflexed; lateral sepals of similar length, joined to each other and to the column foot in the basal half to form a saccate mentum 2 mm high. Petals 4-6 x 1 mm, linear- lanceolate, acute. Lip 4 x 2 mm, ovate, channelled in the basal half.
Habitat:

Epiphytic on mossy branches in montane forest, 1600-2350 m.
Cultivation:

Potted in a standard bark mix, or mounted, but the humidity must be kept high, particularly in the growing season. Intermediate temperatures and heavy shade.
Notes:

This species is divided into three geographically separated subspecies that differ in size and colour of flower.
Distribution:

SW. Tanzania to E. Zimbabwe