AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle minuta P.J.Cribb, in Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Orchid.(3): 612 (1989).
Description:
Plant with slender, curved stems, usually pendent, with verrucose roots, leafy in the apical part. Leaves suberect, linear, grass-like, very unequally bilobed at the apex, 7.3-11.5 cm long, 1.5-3 mm wide. Inflorescences 5-7 mm long, 3- to 5-flowered. Flowers greenish yellow with an orange column; dorsal sepal elliptic-ovate, obtuse, 2 mm long, 1.2 mm wide; lateral sepals oblong-ovate or oblong, obtuse, 1.8-2 mm long, 1-1.2 mm wide; petals elliptic, acute, 1.6 mm long, 0.7 mm wide; lip 3-lobed in the apical half, deflexed, side lobes spreading, triangular, about as large as mid-lobe, mid-lobe triangular, acute, in total 1.5 mm long, 1.8 mm wide; spur slightly incurved, clavate, 3 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in dwarf mist forest on steep slopes; 1400-1700 m; flowering in October and November.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Notes:
This species has the smallest flowers yet described in the genus.
Distribution:
SW. Tanzania
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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