Stolzia repens (Rolfe) Summerh., Kew Bull. 8: 141 (1953).
Polystachya repens Rolfe, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1912: 132 (1912).
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.
Epiphytic on mossy trunks and branches in evergreen forest and high rainfall woodland, 900-2200 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.
Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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