AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle translucens Summerh., Kew Bull. 3: 290 (1948).
Description:
Erect epiphytic herb. Stems several, to c. 20 cm long, 3 mm in diameter. Roots 1–2 mm in diameter, arising at the stem base. Leaves several, borne towards ends of the stems, set c. 5 mm apart, distichous, 2–4 cm × 4–8 mm, ligulate or lanceolate-ligulate, unequally and obtusely 2-lobed at the apex, V-shaped in cross-section, slightly recurved, very fleshy. Inflorescences arising on the stem opposite the leaves, 6–10 mm long, 2–6-flowered. Pedicel and ovary 3–3.5 mm long; bracts c. 1 mm long.Flowers translucent greenish-white to pale cream, anther cap biscuit-coloured. Dorsal sepal 4 × 2.5 mm, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate; lateral sepals 4.8 × 2.5 mm, obliquely oblong-lanceolate. Petals 3.5 × 1.5 mm, oblong-lanceolate, acute Lip papillose, auricled at the base, 3.75 × 3.5 mm, 3-lobed at about halfway; mid-lobe 1.5 × 0.5 mm, triangular-ligulate, acute; side lobes c. 1.5 mm long, spreading, slightly fimbriate at the ends. Spur 8.5 mm long, straight. Column 1.2 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphytic in Cryptosepalum and occasionally Brachystegia woodland
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
Zambia
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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