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

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.

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

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.

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

SW. Tanzania to E. Zimbabwe