Tridactyle translucens Summerh., Kew Bull. 3: 290 (1948).
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.
Epiphytic in Cryptosepalum and occasionally Brachystegia woodland
As given for the genus.
World Checklist of Monocotyledons. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; accessed 21.03.2017
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