AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Lemurella pallidiflora Bosser, Adansonia, n.s., 10: 370 (1970).
Description:
Plant upright with a short, simple stem 10-20 cm long. Leaves in 2 rows, fleshy, lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, twisted at the base so that they lie in the plane of the stem, unequally and acutely bilobed at the apex, 3-5 cm long, 7-15 mm wide. Inflorescence 1- or 2-flowered; peduncle slender, 8-15 mm long; bracts ovate, acute 2.5-3 mm long; pedicel with ovary 10—12 mm long. Flowers pale green, fleshy; dorsal sepal oblong-lanceolate, acute, 8-10 mm long, 4 mm wide; lateral sepals lanceolate, acuminate, spreading forwards on either side of the lip, 10-17 mm long, 3 mm wide; petals oblong, acute, recurved at the apex, 6-8 mm long, 2-2.3 mm wide; lip concave at the base, 3-lobed, lateral lobes rounded, erect, mid-lobe lanceolate, acute, recurved at the apex, lip in total 8-10 mm long; spur funnel-shaped at the mouth, then tapering, finally somewhat inflated at the apex, 1.5-2 cm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in mossy forest; 800-1200 m; flowering January to March.
Notes:
This species is easily separated from the others by its larger flowers, only one or 2 on each short inflorescence.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
N. & E. Madagascar
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 10.03-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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