Tridactyle minuta P.J.Cribb, in Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Orchid.(3): 612 (1989).
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.
Epiphyte in dwarf mist forest on steep slopes; 1400-1700 m; flowering in October and November.
As given for the genus.
This species has the smallest flowers yet described in the genus.
SW. Tanzania
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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