AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Sobennikoffia poissoniana H.Perrier, Notul. Syst. (Paris) 14: 164 (1951).
Description:
Plant small, with a very short stem. Leaves few, ligulate, narrowing at the base to resemble a petiole, 5-10 cm long, 1.7 cm wide. Inflorescence 9 cm long, few-flowered; bracts deltoid, obtuse, 3.5 cm long. Flowers white; sepals oblong, attenuate or acute at the apex; lateral sepals somewhat dilated on the internal margin; petals shorter than the sepals, slightly dilated on the lower margin; lip 3-lobed, the lobes rounded, 5 mm wide, lip in total 2-2.3 cm long; spur cylindrical, 15-17 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte or lithophyte in coastal vegetation; near sea level; flowering November to December.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
N. & NW. Madagascar
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 15.03.2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Photograph ©Leo Klemm. Image used with kind permission. Photograph ©Leo Klemm. Image used with kind permission.