AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Mystacidium flanaganii (Bolus) Bolus, Trans. S. African Philos. Soc. 16: 145 (1905).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum flanaganii Bolus, Icon. Orchid. Austro-Afric. 1: 52 (1896).
Description:
A dwarf species. Roots fine, sometimes flexuous. Leaves two to five, to 3 cm x 4-7 mm, strap-shaped or elliptic. Inflorescences pendent, 5-6 cm long, rather laxly 5- to 10-flowered. Flowers pate green or yellowish-white, 8-10 mm in diameter, arranged in two rows. Dorsal sepal and petals 2 x l mm,; lateral sepals 4 x l mm, obliquely lanceolate from a narrow base. Lip 2 mm long, lanceolate, acute, recurved, with a slender spur 2-3 cm long tapering from a wide mouth.
Habitat:
Epiphytic on twigs and small branches in relatively cool, moist forests; sometimes in warmer scrub. Attitude not known.
Cultivation:
From habitat descriptions it should require moderate to heavy shade and high humidity, at intermediate temperatures.
Distribution:
S. Africa
References:
AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 7 1958; 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; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 07.03-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Photograph© Lourens Grobler. Image used with kind permission. Photograph© Lourens Grobler. Image used with kind permission.