AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle laurentii (De Wild.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 145 (1918).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Mystacidium laurentii De Wild., Not. Pl. Util. Congo 1: 152 (1903).
Angraecum viridescens De Wild., Miss. Ém. Laurent: 61 (1905).
Description:
Plant with narrow stems up to 40 cm long. Leaves folded longitudinally, linear to narrowly elliptic, unequally bilobed at the apex, 2.8-5 cm long, up to 2 cm wide. Inflorescence single-flowered. Flower green; sepals oblong, apiculate, 3 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; petals oblong, 2 mm long, 1 mm wide; lip with 2 auricles at the base, otherwise entire, narrowly triangular, acute, 3 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; spur straight, 8 mm long.
Habitat:
In dense evergreen forests and gallery forests around elevations of 1800 meters,
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, cool growing epiphyte.
Distribution:
WC. Trop. Africa
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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