AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Agrostophyllum occidentale Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 33(2): 413 (1915).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Agrostophyllum seychellarum Rolfe, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1922: 22 (1922).
Description:
Plants to 50 cm tall, stems long lived, numerous, clumping, compressed (5 mm wide, sheaths included), entirely covered by the rigid sheaths of uniform length (5cm.), longer than the internodes, decidedly heavily imbricating, carinate dorsally; leaves numerous (usually 10), articulate to the sheaths, linear-lingulate (7-10.5 x 1-l.3 cm) slightly attenuate in the apical one-third, obtuse and sub-equilateral. Inflorescence terminal peduncle short, hidden in the leaves, in a very dense, hemispherical head, 2.5. 3 cm in diameter; external bracts narrow and long, thin, shorter and much wider, forming a sort of calyx; floral bracts narrow, longer than the flowers; flowers very small, very incompletely described.
Habitat:
Terrestrial, near the large trees.
Distribution:
Seychelles (Mahé, Silhouette), N. Madagascar