AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle eggelingii Summerh., Kew Bull. 3: 289 (1948).
Description:
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.
Etymology:
Named after the collector, W. J. Eggeling, who made many exciting discoveries while working as a forest botanist in Uganda.
Habitat:
Epiphyte, usually on exposed trees in forest; 1600-2200 m; flowering in March.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
E. Zaïre to SW. Uganda
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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