AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Stolzia nyassana Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 565 (1915).
Description:

Creeping epiphytic herb. Pseudobulbs c. 10 × 13 mm, obliquely ovoid, set close together forming mats, 2-leaved at the apex. Leaves slightly fleshy, 6–7 × 1–1.3 cm, oblong-elliptic, rounded and slightly 2-lobed at the apex, light green. Inflorescence erect, c. 6 cm long, several-flowered. Flowers secund, greenish-yellow. Dorsal sepal 5 × 2.5 mm, ovate; lateral sepals similar but oblique and slightly broader, joined in the basal third and forming a saccate mentum with the column-foot. Petals 4.5 × 1.5 mm, narrowly lanceolate, acute. Lip fleshy, 3 × 0.5 mm, tongue-like, V-shaped in cross-section. Column 1.5 mm long; column-foot 2 mm long.
Habitat:

Submontane forest, epiphytic on mossy branches of trees c. 2000 m.
Distribution:

Tanzania

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Botanical Drawing / Herbarium
stolzia nyassana
Photograph copyright Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Image used with kind permission.