Polystachya-cultriformis-Vanderlip-CHM-83-Pts-2021-01-26***Confirmed as Polystachya cultriformis (July 2021); the key to Polystachya in the book, "Wild Orchids of Southern Africa" by Joyce Stewart. et. al. keys this to Polystachya cultriformis; it also fits Isobyl's description and photos in "African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation"; it has slightly wavy leaf margins with conical pseudobulbs tapering towards the apex; size and color are variable; the major characteristic in the key is that P. cultriformis is the only species in the Genus with a single leaf on each pseudobulb as does this plant. ***

Judging Center: Great Plains Judging Center

Award Number: 20203581

Award Date: June 20, 2020

Awarded As: Polystachya cultriformis 'Vanderlip' CHM 83 Pts

Ninety-two cupped flowers and 64 buds on nine multiple branching, semi-pendulous inflorescences, 2 developing inflorescences, longest inflorescence 24cm long; sepal and petals cream-colored, margins very pale pink picotee and on reverse and midrib; lateral sepals join to form a mentum; lip pale yellow, darker yellow on distal two-thirds, blushed brown centrally, keel brown centrally; side lobes cream-colored; column and anther cap cream-colored; ovary 0.1cm wide x 0.7cm long, pale chartreuse, ribbed longitudinally, substance heavy, texture waxy; commended for different color form than previous award; species from Africa; ID by SITF _________________.

Plant > Overall length of growth/cane: 37.0cm

Plant Leaf > number of leaves per growth or cane: 1

Plant > Leaf Length: 26.5cm

Plant > Leaf Width: 4.5cm

Plant > Leaf Margin: smooth

Plant > Leaf Shape: erect or suberect, coriaceous, oblong, oblanceolate

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Length: 11.0cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Width: 1.5cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Margin: smooth

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul distance between growths along rhizome:: clustered

Plant >Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Root Tip Color: green

Inflorescence > Overall Length: 24.0cm

Inflorescence > Arrangement: clustered, multiple branched, semi-pendulous

Inflorescence > Distance from base of inflorescence to first bud or branch: 11.0cm

Inflorescence > distance between flowers along inflorescence: less than 1.0cm

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Length: 0.3cm

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Width: 0.2cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Length: 0.7cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Width: 0.1cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Shape: terete

Inflorescence > Ovary Color: pale chartreuse

Inflorescence > Ovary Texture: ribbed longitudinally

Flower Natural Spread Length: 1.0cm

Flower Natural Spread Width: 1.5cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Length: 0.7cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Width: 0.4cm

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Length: 1.0cm

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Width: 0.6cm

Flower > Petals Length: 0.5cm

Flower > Petals Width: 0.2cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch Length: 0.7cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch Width: 0.3cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch> characters of lip (calli, spurs, keels, etc.): central keel, round, brown

Flower > Column Color: cream-colored

Flower > Anther Cap Color: cream-colored


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