AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Mystacidium aliceae Bolus, Icon. Orchid. Austro-Afric. 2: t. 6 (1911).
Description:
One of the smallest species. Roots fine, white-streaked, 1 mm in diameter. Leaves two to five, 2-6 cm x 4-6 mm, linear or strap-shaped. Inflorescences 1-1.5 cm long, densely 3- to 7-flowered. Flowers translucent yellowish-green, 6-7 mm in diameter. Sepals 3-4 x 1 mm, oblanceolate, acute, petals and lip 1-2 mm long, triangular, acute; spur 6-7 mm long, very slender from a wide mouth.
Habitat:
Epiphytic at a low level, growing on twigs and small branches in deep shade in forest and scrub, often near a river, to 500 m.
Cultivation:
Heavy shade with high humidity, in intermediate temperatures.
Distribution:
SE. Cape Prov. to NE. KwaZulu-Natal
References:
Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 07.03-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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