Orchid of the day – Polystachya leonardiana

What a find. This orchid is one of Rwanda’s 61 endemic species (not found in any other country) and it is restricted to montane forest and ericaceous scrub high on Rwanda’s mountains. We found it flowering 200m below the summit of Bigugu on the side of a tree trunk. Polystachyas deserve to be more widely grown with their beautifully patterned flowers. The flowers do tend to look downwards but when they flower just above your head this is a really good trait.


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  1. Haley Shackleton says:

    beautiful looking orchid, does it have a scent?

  2. Sylvie says:

    Beautiful, a change from Sainsbury’s

  3. Zoe Parfitt says:

    Simon…we need to grow this at school, it’s beautiful!