AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Angraecopsis cryptantha P.J.Cribb, Kew Bull. 51: 361 (1996).
Description:
Plant with a short, curved stem 3–5 cm long. Leaves few, linear-sublanceolate, unequally bilobed at the apex, with rounded lobes, twisted at the base so that they lie in one plane, 12–18 cm long, 6–11 mm wide. Inflorescence short, 2–3 cm long, horizontal or pendent, 2- or 3-flowered; bracts oval-triangular, 2.5 mm long; pedicel with ovary 6–8 mm long. Flowers yellow, small; dorsal sepal oval, acuminate, reflexed in the upper half, 4.5–5 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; lateral sepals falcate, oblanceolate, acute, reflexed in the apical third, 6.5–7.5 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; petals oval, very oblique, bilobed at the base, 5.5–6.5 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; lip saccate at the base, 3-lobed below the middle, side lobes longer than the mid-lobe, all lobes linear, in total 6.5–7.5 mm long, 6.5–7.5 mm wide when spread out; spur incurved, cylindric, 4.5–5.5 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in montane forest; 1900–2000 m; flowering in October.
Distribution:
Cameroon (Mt. Cameroon)
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 14.02-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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