AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle scottellii (Rendle) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 147 (1918).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum scottellii Rendle, J. Bot. 33: 249 (1895).
Description:
Plants usually pendent in large masses with smooth roots and slender woody stems to 60 cm long. Leaves grass-like, linear, unequally and obtusely bilobed, 7-18 cm long, 3.5-6 mm wide. Inflorescences very short, 3-4 mm long, 1- to 3-flowered. Flowers greenish yellow becoming dirty orange with age; dorsal sepal ovate-elliptic, acute, 4-6 mm long, 1.5-2.5 mm wide; lateral sepals similar but oblique at the base; petals lanceolate, acute, 4-5 mm long, 1-1.8 mm wide; lip with fleshy auricles at the base by the spur mouth, strongly 3-lobed at the apex, side lobes longer than the mid-lobe, 4-5 mm long, 6-7 mm wide; spur slender, straight, 9-12 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte, widespread in highland evergreen forests; 2000-3000 m.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, cold growing epiphyte.
Distribution:
Gabon to Kenya
References:
Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Flora of Tropical East Africa Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1994; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006; 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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Photograph© João
Farminhão/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
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kind permission.
Photograph© João
Farminhão/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
Image used with
kind permission.
Photograph© João
Farminhão/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
Image used with
kind permission.
Photograph© João
Farminhão/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
Image used with
kind permission.
Photograph© João
Farminhão/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
Image used with
kind permission.