AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle muriculata (Rendle) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 146 (1918).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum muriculatum Rendle, Cat. Pl. Oban: 105 (1913).
Description:
Plant with a stout, branching stem to 4.5 cm long, bearing many verrucose roots. Leaves linearoblong, broadly and obtusely bilobed at the apex, 5-6.5 cm long, 7-9 mm wide. Flowers 1.5 cm in diameter; sepals 7-7.5 mm long, 3 mm wide; petals lanceolate, 6.5 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; lip with small auricles at the base, almost entire, side lobes present as teeth, mid-lobe long and narrow, acute, 6.5 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; spur 3 cm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Notes:
This species is close to Tridactyle anthomaniaca but separated by its slightly more slender stems, narrower leaves, and larger flowers with a much longer spur.
Distribution:
S. Nigeria to Cameroon
References:
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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