AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Angraecopsis tenerrima Kraenzl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 28: 171 (1900).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum tenerrimum (Kraenzl.) Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 38: 164 (1906).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum amaniense Kraenzl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 51: 396 (1914).
Description:
Plant pendent with a short stem 1–7 cm high; roots verrucose. Leaves oblanceolate to linear, falcate, unequally bilobed at the apex, with rounded lobes, twisted at the base so that they lie in one plane, 6–20 cm long, 1.4–2 cm wide. Inflorescences usually several, 7.5–20 cm long, 3- to 7-flowered; bracts amplexicaul, 2–4 mm long; pedicel with ovary 2–3 cm long. Flowers white, spur green at the apex; dorsal sepal elliptic, obtuse, 2.7–3.3 mm long, 1.6–1.8 mm wide; lateral sepals spathulate, obtuse, 8–12 mm long, 2–2.5 mm wide; petals obliquely triangular, 3 mm long, 3.8–4.6 mm wide, joined to the lateral sepals for the basal 3–5 mm; lip 3-lobed, side lobes oblanceolate, rounded at the apex, 4–5 mm long, mid-lobe lanceolate, acute, as long as the side lobes, in total 9–10 mm long, 6.5–8 mm wide; spur cylindrical, pendent, narrow from a broad mouth, 5–6 cm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte at lower levels of montane forest; 400–1600 m; flowering January to May.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, hot to cool growing epiphyte.
Distribution:
Tanzania.
References:
Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Flora of Tropical EAst Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; 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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