Polystachya masayensis Rchb. f.
Family: Orchidaceae
Polystachya masayensis image
Enrique Moreno & David Roubik  
Tiny epiphyte, usually 3-10 cm tall; stems very short; pseudobulb inconspicuous, ovoid, usually enclosed in leaf sheaths, bearing 1-5 leaves at apex. Leaves mostly 2.5-8 cm long, 4-8 mm wide, acute to rounded at apex. Inflorescences terminal racemes, usually 1-2.5 cm long, shorter than the leaves; peduncles enclosed in leaf sheaths; rachis densely puberulent; flowers greenish-yellow, ca 3 mm long, each subtended by a persistent bract; dorsal sepal somewhat smaller than the laterals; petals slender; lip somewhat constricted at center, farinose, the apex acute; ovary puberulent. Fruits ellipsoid, ca 7 mm long, puberulent. Croat 7370. Apparently uncommon, usually growing high in trees in the forest. Flowers from late November to March, perhaps over a longer span. Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the vicinity of the Canal Zone and from premontane wet forest in Colon, Chiriqui, and Coclé.