AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Tridactyle anthomaniaca subsp. anthomaniaca
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum lepidotum Rchb.f. ex Rolfe in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 7: 146 (1897).
Angraecum wittmackii Kraenzl., Mitt. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. 2: 158 (1897).
Listrostachys wittmackii (Kraenzl.) Rolfe in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 7: 158 (1897).
Angraecum trachyrrhizum Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 26: 343 (1899).
Rhaphidorhynchus lepidotus (Rchb.f. ex Rolfe) Finet, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 54(9): 40 (1907).
Tridactyle lepidota (Rchb.f. ex Rolfe) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 146 (1918).
Tridactyle trachyrrhiza (Schltr.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 147 (1918).
Summerhayesia rwandensis Geerinck, Fl. Rwanda 4: 624 (1988).
Description:
Plants with an erect stem to 20 cm long. Leaves in 2 rows, oblong, rounded at the apex, 5-6 cm long, 8-15 mm wide. Inflorescence papillose, 6 cm long, 8-flowered; bracts ca. 3 mm long. Flowers papillose on the outer surface; dorsal sepal oval, acuminate, 5 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; lateral sepals suboval, acute, 7 mm long, 2 mm wide; petals suboval, 4 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; lip narrowly suboval, acuminate, 4 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; spur narrow, ca. 12 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in montane forest; 1800-2000 m.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
Trop. Africa
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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