AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle crassifolia Summerh., Kew Bull. 3: 285 (1948).
Description:
Epiphyte with elongated, hanging, straggling stems, often branched. Inflorescences very short-stemmed, 1-3-flowered. Leaves: Strap-shaped, tapering towards unequally bilobed apex. Longer lobe obtuse, shorter lobe obtuse or truncate. Whole leaf 50-80 mm long, 8-10 mm wide, very fleshy, V-shaped in section. Sepals: Triangular-subacute, 3-6 mm long,2.5-3.0 mm wide, pale mauve to green. Petals: lndistinctly spatulate-actte,4-5 mm long, 1.3 mm wide, green. Lip: Very indistinctly trilobed, lanceolate-subacute, 5 mm long, 2 mm wide, green, with small, ovate, obtuse to acute, basal auricles. Margin of middle lobe very finely fringed. Side lobes barely visible, very small. Spur: Slender, very slightly inflated in middle, 10-16 mm long. Column: 2.5 mm long, pale green to mauve, operculum brown. Rostellum curved, pale green.
Habitat:
On the trunk or anywhere on the large branches. Full sun.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
W. & WC. Trop. Africa
References:
Orchids of Nigeria by L.B. Segerback; 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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