AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Taeniorrhiza gabonensis Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 11: 166 (1943).
Description:
Plant with a short stem up to 2 cm long, bearing many roots flattened against the host plant, green and 2-winged. Leaves absent. Inflorescences lateral, arising from the stem, 1 cm long, single flowered; bract lanceolate-subulate, 5-8 mm long. Flower white with lilac lip; dorsal sepal oval-lanceolate, acuminate, 13-14 mm long, 7-8 mm wide; lateral sepals obliquely ovate-lanceolate, acute, 16-17 mm long, 9-11 mm wide; petals lanceolate-ligulate, acute, 13-14 mm long, 4 mm wide; lip suborbicular to oval, shortly apiculate, clawed at the base, with several thickened veins along the centre, 17-18 mm long, 19 mm wide; spur wide at the mouth, 3.5-4.5 mm wide, curved upwards behind the flower, conical, 14 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in forests.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
WC. Trop. Africa
References:
Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 15.03.2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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