Tridactyle eggelingii Summerh., Kew Bull. 3: 289 (1948).
Plants pendent, tufted, with stems up to 60 cm long and smooth roots. Leaves spreading, linear, unequally bilobed at the apex, 2.7-6.5 cm long, 2.5-5 mm wide. Inflorescences up to 8 mm long, 2- or 3-flowered. Flowers whitish; dorsal sepal ovate, obtuse, 4.2-4.5 mm long, 2.2-2.5 mm wide; lateral sepals oblong-ovate, obtuse, 4.3-4.6 mm long, 2.5-2.7 mm wide; petals oblong, acute, 3.8-4.3 mm long, 1.2-1.7 mm wide; lip with auricles at the base, 3-lobed in the apical half, side lobes spreading, longer than the mid-lobe, lineartapering, fimbriate or with 2 or 3 teeth at the apex, mid-lobe triangular, in total 4-4.3 mm long, 4.3-6 mm wide; spur more or less straight, filiform, 6-7 mm long.
Named after the collector, W. J. Eggeling, who made many exciting discoveries while working as a forest botanist in Uganda.
Epiphyte, usually on exposed trees in forest; 1600-2200 m; flowering in March.
As given for the genus.
E. Zaïre to SW. Uganda
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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