AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Ancistrorhynchus parviflorus Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 11: 212 (1944).
Description:
Plant dwarf with a slender stem 4–5 cm long, and very narrow roots, 1 mm in diameter. Leaves up to 10 spaced along the stem, ligulate, unequally bilobed at the apex, twisted at the base and attached to leaf bases 1 cm long, 3.5–4.5 cm long, 6–7 mm wide. Inflorescences capitate, 6 mm in diameter; bracts rounded, 3 mm long; pedicel and ovary 3 mm long. Flowers white; sepals elliptic, rounded, 2.5–2.7 mm long, 1.3–1.5 mm wide; petals obovate, rounded, 2.5 mm long, 1.4 mm wide; lip concave, broadly ovate, obscurely 3-lobed, 1.8 mm long, 2.2–2.4 mm wide; spur globose, transparent, 1.2–1.3 mm long.
Habitat:
In montane evergreen forest; 850–950 m; flowering in January.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
Tanzania (Usambara Mountains).
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 10.03-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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