AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Malaxis katangensis Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 14: 221 (1951).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Lisowskia katangensis (Summerh.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot., Suppl. 3: 121 (1995).
Description:
A small terrestrial plant up to 15 cm. tall or rarely taller; rhizome creeping, slender but swollen and tuber-like below secondary stems. Secondary stems 2(-3)-leaved, up to 2 cm. long. Leaves prostrate or spreading, thin-textured, elliptic or ovate, obtuse, up to 6 cm. long and 4-5 cm. broad. Inflorescence erect, up to 14 cm. long, rarely longer, densely many-flowered; raceme narrowly cylindrical; peduncle slender; bracts ovate or lanceolate, long-acuminate, 2-4 mm. long. Flowers flat, translucent, pale green or pale yellow-green, turning orange with age. Dorsal sepal elliptic-lanceolate, obtuse, 2.3-2.4 mm. long, 1-1.3 mm. broad; lateral sepals obliquely ovate, rounded at apex, 1.8-2.2 mm. long, 1.2-1.5 mm. broad. Petals falcate, linear-lanceolate, rounded at apex, 1.7-2.2 mm. long, 0.3-0.6 mm. broad, margins papillose. Lip obovate, auriculate at base, 1.5-1.8 mm. long, 1.6-1.8 mm. broad, with a central pubescent pad. Column fleshy, 0.7 mm. long.
Habitat:
In deciduous woodland; 1850 m.
Distribution:
Trop. Africa
References:
Flora Tropical East Africa (part 2)
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