AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Stolzia repens (Rolfe) Summerh., Kew Bull. 8: 141 (1953).
Homotypic Synonyms:

Polystachya repens Rolfe, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1912: 132 (1912).
Description:

A dwarf; creeping species, only 1 cm high; pseudobulbs to 3 cm x 3 mm, rather club-shaped, with two leaves borne at the widest part of I the pseudobulb, just before the start of the next pseudobulb. Leaves 9-14 x 5-7 mm, elliptic, obovate or almost round, rather fleshy. Inflorescences one-flowered, arising between the leaves, very short. Flowers yellowish, brownish, or reddish, striped with red or brown. Dorsal sepal to 7 x 3 mm, oblong, obtuse; lateral sepals similar but oblique and rather shorter, forming a saccate mentum with the column foot. Petals 5 x 1 mm, linear, curved, acute. Lip 2 x 1 mm, fleshy and tonguelike.
Habitat:

Epiphytic on mossy trunks and branches in evergreen forest and high rainfall woodland, 900-2200 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.
Distribution:

Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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Botanical Drawing / Herbarium
stolzia repens
Photograph copyright Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Image used with kind permission.