AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle inflata Summerh., Kew Bull. 3: 291 (1948).
Description:
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.
Habitat:
Epiphyte on trees in mist zone on hilltop; 1600-1800 m; flowering in July.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Notes:
In general habit this species resembles Tridactyle stipulata, but it is distinguished by the lip shape and clavate spur.
Distribution:
N. 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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