AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle vanderlaaniana Geerinck, Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 60: 190 (1990).
Description:
Plant with slender stems up to 30 cm long. Leaves oblong, flat, shortly bilobed at the apex, 3.5-6 cm long, 10-13 mm wide. Inflorescence single-flowered. Flower colour unknown; sepals subelliptic, acute or subapiculate, 7.5 mm long, 4 mm wide; petals oblong, subobtuse, 6 mm long, 2.5 mm wide; lip with small auricles, 3-lobed at the middle, side lobes slender, acuminate, as long as the mid-lobe, mid-lobe triangular and acute, in total 9 mm long, 5 mm wide; spur curved, slender at first, inflated at the apex like a balloon, 15 mm long, 4 mm wide at the apex.
Etymology:
This species was named for Frank van der Laan, an orchid specialist at the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in dense rain forest.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
C. Zaïre
References:
World Checklist of Monocotyledons. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/monocots/ accessed 21.03.2017
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