AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Angraecopsis elliptica Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 14: 250 (1951).
Description:
Plant with a short erect stem 4–8 cm long. Leaves in 2 rows, curved, conduplicate at the base, flat above, elliptic-oblong or oblanceolate, unequally bilobed at the apex, the shorter lobe absent, 4–10 cm long, 1–2.5 cm wide. Inflorescence usually in the axils of old leaf sheaths, below the leaves, bearing 10–20 flowers spaced 3–4 mm apart near the apex, 4–18 cm long; bracts small, 1.5–2 mm long; pedicel with ovary very slender, 3–5 mm long. Flowers pale green, the lip sometimes tinted orange; dorsal sepal broadly lanceolate-ovate, subacute; lateral sepals oblanceolate, oblique, 3–5 mm long; petals triangular, oblique, 2–2.5 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide; lip 3-lobed, the side lobes narrow and half as long as the mid-lobe which is triangular, in total 3–5 mm long; spur cylindric, slightly curved or parallel with the ovary, 3–5.5 mm long.
Habitat:
In montane forests, usually in deep shade; 500–1500 m.
Phenology:
Flowering August to September.

Cultivation:
As given for the genus, warm to cool growing epiphyte.
Distribution:
Ivory Coast to Uganda
References:
Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 14.02-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Photograph© Ehoarn
Bidault/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
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kind permission.
Photograph© Ehoarn
Bidault/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
Image used with
kind permission.
Photograph© Ehoarn
Bidault/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
Image used with
kind permission.
Photograph© Ehoarn
Bidault/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
Image used with
kind permission.
Photograph© Ehoarn
Bidault/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
Image used with
kind permission.
Photograph© Ehoarn
Bidault/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
Image used with
kind permission.