AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Angraecopsis pobeguinii (Finet) H.Perrier, in Fl. Madag. 49(2): 81 (1941).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Rhaphidorhynchus pobeguinii Finet, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 54(9): 41 (1907).
Chamaeangis pobeguinii (Finet) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 33(2): 426 (1915).
Description:
Plant very small with a short, erect stem to 1 cm long, 3 mm wide. Leaves 3–4, oblong or ovaloblong, flat, 8–20 mm long, 4.7 mm wide. Inflorescence slender, bearing 12–15 flowers in the apical quarter, 4–5 cm long; bracts tiny, amplexicaul; pedicel with ovary 5 mm long. Flowers very small, all perianth parts less than 3 mm long, green; dorsal sepal oval, acute; lateral sepals oblanceolate, twice as long as the dorsal sepal; petals oval, oblique, dilated or almost sublobulate on one side at the base; lip 3-lobed, side lobes very small, midlobe cucullate and fleshy at the apex; spur curved in a semi-circle, much infl ated in the apical third, 4 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in montane forest; fl owering in June.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, warm to cool growing epiphyte.
Distribution:
Comoro Islands (Grande Comore).
References:
Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bossser 2007; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 14.02-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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