Solenangis clavata (Rolfe) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 134 (1918).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum clavatum Rolfe in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 7: 145 (1897).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Saccolabium oeonioides Kraenzl., Bull. Soc. Roy. Bot. Belgique, Compt.-Rend. 38: 62 (1899).
Stems elongated, sometimes branched, to 50 cmlong or more; roots numerous, long, branching, 1-2 mm in diameter. Leaves numerous, distichous, 2-4 x 1-2 cm, elliptic, unequally and obtusely bilobed at the apex. Inflorescences arising along the stem opposite the leaves, 6- to 10-flowered. Pedicel and ovary 6-8 mm long; bracts l mm long. Flowers greenish-white. Sepals and petals 3-4 x 1.5-2 mm, elliptic, rounded. Lip rather obscurely trilobed, barely l mm long, grading into a wide-mouthed spur 10-13 mm long, becoming narrow, then swollen at the apex. Capsule ellipsoidal, 20 x 6 mm.
Epiphytic, lithophytic, or terrestrial in forest and marshy areas, 1300-2000 m.
Scandent plants like this usually seem better mounted, but high humidity seems so essential to this species that I find it grows better in a pot. Possibly as the plants grow larger, they would benefit from having a slab of bark or even a moss pole at the back of the pot for them to root into. Intermediate to warm temperatures and fairly heavy shade are best.
Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome, Zaire.
Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 16.03.2017;
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