AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle flabellata P.J.Cribb, in Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Orchid.(3): 617 (1989).
Description:
Plants erect or with curved stems 6—16 cm long, loots slender and smooth. Leaves suberect, linear, unequally bilobed at the apex, twisted at the base and attached to black-spotted leaf sheaths, 2.5—5 cm long, 2-4 mm wide. Inflorescences 1-3.7 cm long, 3- to 12-flowered. Flowers white with brown anther cap; dorsal sepal elliptic, obtuse, 2.5-4 mm long, 1.5-2 mm wide; lateral sepals obliquely oblong-elliptic, obtuse, 4-5 mm long, 2 mm wide; petals obovate, obtuse, 3 mm long, 2 mm wide; lip flabellate when flattened, erose on the apical margin, 2.5-3 mm long, 3-4 mm wide; spur slightly curved, 4-5 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in montane forest on steep slopes and ridge tops; 1400-1600 m; flowering in October.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
Tanzania (Uzungwa Mts.)
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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