AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Solenangis conica (Schltr.) L.Jonss., Bot. Not. 132: 382 (1979).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum conicum Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 38: 160 (1906).
Gussonea conica (Schltr.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 91 (1918).
Microcoelia conica (Schltr.) Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 11: 142 (1943).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Solenangis angustifolia Summerh., Kew Bull. 13: 280 (1958).
Description:
A slender epiphyte; stems more or less erect, 4-20 cm long; roots numerous, 1 mm in diameter. Leaves borne towards the tip of the stem, needle-shaped but slightly flattened, to 15 x 1.5 mm. Inflorescences arising along the stem, 8-14 mm long, 2- to 4-flowered. Pedicel and ovary 2 mm long; bracts 0.5 mm long. Flowers white, bell-shaped, the spur tipped with green. Sepals 2-3 x 1-1.5 mm, elliptic, obtuse; petals similar but slightly smaller. Lip 3 x 1.5 mm, concave, oblong; spur 1-2 mm long, conical. Column 1 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphytic on twigs and small branches in montane forest, usually sunk in moss and lichen, 1800-2250 m.
Cultivation:
This little species grows surprisingly well, either mounted or in a pot, in shaded, humid conditions at intermediate temperatures.
Distribution:
Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
References:
Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 16.03.2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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solenangis conica
Photograph©Bart Wursten. Image used with kind permission.