AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Eggelingia clavata Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 14: 238 (1951).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Tridactyle clavata (Summerh.) R.Rice, Prelim. Checklist & Survey Subtrib. Aerangidinae (Orchidac.): 48 (2005).
Description:
Plant with slender, erect or pendent stems, often growing in dense tufts, to 35 cm long. Leaves oblong to ligulate, unequally and obtusely bilobed at the apex, 2-5 cm long, 5-9 mm wide. Inflorescences short, up to 1 cm long, 3- to 6-flowered; peduncle 3 mm long; pedicel with ovary slightly hairy, 5 mm long. Flowers whitish or yellowish; sepals and petals 3-5 mm long, 1-2 mm wide; lip concave, oval to elliptic, with 2 minute lobules at the base, acute, 3-3.5 mm long, 3 mm wide; spur briefly narrowing below the wide mouth and then inflated in the apical half, 2.5-4 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in dense evergreen forests, usually on the upper branches of large trees; flowering July to November.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, warm growing epiphyte.
Distribution:
W. Trop. Africa to Malawi
References:
Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 part 2 Pope 1998; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 15.03.2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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