AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Rhaesteria eggelingii Summerh., Kew Bull. 20: 191 (1966).
Description:
Plants dwarf with spreading or pendent stems, 6-8 cm long, 1 mm in diameter. Leaves in 2 rows, ovate or ovate-elliptic, fleshy, unequally and minutely bilobed at the apex, 10-16 mm long, 5-9 mm wide. Inflorescences slightly longer than the leaves, 2- or 3-flowered; peduncle wiry, 10-15 mm long, rachis similar but slightly zigzag; bracts very small; pedicel with ovary 2-3 mm long. Flowers yellowish; sepals and petals ovate, obtuse, united in their basal half, 2.5-3 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; lip concave, boat-shaped, 2.5 mm long, 3 mm wide; spur strongly incurved, narrow from a wide mouth, 2.5 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte on small savannah trees in grassland in the outskirts of the forest and at higher altitudes in forest; 1300-2300 m; flowering March and September to November.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, warm to cold growing epiphyte.
Distribution:
SW. Uganda to Rwanda
References:
Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 17.03.2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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