AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Angraecopsis ischnopus (Schltr.) Schltr. Orchideen: 601 (1914).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum ischnopus Schltr., Notizbl. Königl. Bot. Gart. Berlin 4: 170 (1906).
Description:
Plant with a short, erect stem to 5 cm long. Leaves 2–5, linear, ligulate or elliptic-oblong, unequally lobed at the apex, with rounded or obtuse lobes, 2–12 cm long, 4–13 mm wide. Inflorescences arising between old leaf sheaths, 3–9 cm long, up to 10-flowered; bracts amplexicaul, 2.5 mm long; pedicel with ovary slender, 2 cm long. Flowers pale green or yellowish green, small; dorsal sepal oblong oval, cucullate, 2–3.5 mm long, 1–2 mm wide; lateral sepals oblong-spathulate, subobtuse, 5–10 mm long, 2.8 mm wide; petals obliquely oval or triangular, wider than long, cohering to the lateral sepal at the base, 1.7–2.2 mm long, 2.3–3 mm wide; lip 3-lobed from the middle, side lobes linear-lanceolate, 5 mm long, mid-lobe narrowly triangular, slightly longer than side lobes, in total 8.5 mm long; spur wide at the mouth then narrowing, twisted, slightly inflated in the apical half then very acute, 12–38 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in montane forests; up to 1800 m; flowering August to October.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, cool growing epiphyte.
Distribution:
W. Trop. Africa to Cameroon, Bioko
References:
African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; 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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