Tridactyle inflata Summerh., Kew Bull. 3: 291 (1948).
Plants small with many stems 12-20 cm long and forming dense clumps. Leaves linear, unequally and obtusely bilobed at the apex, 5-7 cm long, 6-8 mm wide. Inflorescences up to 11 mm long, 3-flowered. Flowers pale green with orange column; dorsal sepal oblong-elliptic, obtuse, 3.5-4 mm long, 1.5-1.8 mm wide; lateral sepals obliquely oblong, obtuse, 3.7-4 mm long, 2-2.3 mm wide; petals oblong, obtuse, 3.5-3.8 mm long, 1.3-1.5 mm wide; lip flabellate, obscurely 3-lobed at the apex, auriculate at the base, side lobes triangular with several teeth on the apical margin, mid-lobe shortly triangular, in total 3 mm long, 3.1-3.3 mm wide; spur straight, clavate, 5.5 mm long.
Epiphyte on trees in mist zone on hilltop; 1600-1800 m; flowering in July.
As given for the genus.
In general habit this species resembles Tridactyle stipulata, but it is distinguished by the lip shape and clavate spur.
N. 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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