AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle lagosensis (Rolfe) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 145 (1918).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum lagosense Rolfe in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 7: 145 (1897).
Desxription:
Plant with slender, pendent stems up to 35 cm long. Leaves linear-lanceolate or narrowly ligulate, unequally bilobed at the apex, 4-7.5 cm long, 4-9 mm wide. Inflorescences up to 6 mm long, 3- or 4-flowered. Flowers white, small; dorsal sepal elliptic-oval, obtuse, 3-4 mm long, 2 mm wide; lateral sepals obliquely oval or elliptic-oval, acute, 4-5 mm long, 2.3-3 mm wide; petals obliquely oblong or narrowly ligulate, 3-4 mm long, 1 mm wide; lip 3-lobed just below the middle, side lobes spreading, linear, acute, mid-lobe narrowly triangular or lanceolate, obtuse, in total 4.3-7 mm long, 2-3 mm wide; spur shorter than the lip, bent like a knee near the middle, with a wide mouth and slightly inflated apical part, 7-9 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte on trunks and large branches in evergreen forest; flowering in June and July.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
S. Nigeria to Gabon
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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