AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Oeoniella aphrodite (Balf.f. & S.Moore) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 177 (1918).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Listrostachys aphrodite Balf.f. & S.Moore in J.G.Baker, Fl. Mauritius: 354 (1877).
Description:
Plant erect with elongated stems, 10-30 cm long, bearing many leaves above branching aerial roots. Leaves in 2 rows, linear-oblong or ligulate unequally bilobed at the apex, 10-15 cm Iong 8-12 mm wide. Inflorescences one to several, erect arising opposite the leaf base, 6-20 cm long, elongating in fruit, 10-- to 16 flowered. Flowers white or pale green with white lip; sepals lanceolate, acuminate, - mm long; petals shorter, linear, acute; lip ovate-orbicular, 3-lobed, lateral lobes crenulate, embracing the column, mid-lobe narrowly linear, 4 mm long; spur, straight or curved, not inflated, 3-5 mm long.
Habitat:
Lithophyte, usually in shade; sea level, flowering in June in Seychelles.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Notes:
Differs from Oeoniella polystachys by the smaller plant and the shorter mid lobe to the lip.
Distribution:
Seychelles to Mascarenes
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 10.03-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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In culture
Oeoniella aphrodite 01
Photograph© Lourens Grobler. Image used with kind permission.