AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Platylepis occulta (Thouars) Rchb.f., Linnaea 41: 62 (1876).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Goodyera occulta Thouars, Hist. Orchid.: t. 28 (1822).
Platylepis goodyeroides A.Rich., Mém. Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 4: 34 (1828), nom. superfl.
Hetaeria occulta (Thouars) Lindl., Edwards's Bot. Reg. 24(Misc.): 94 (1838).
Notiophrys occulta (Thouars) Lindl., J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 1: 189 (1857).
Orchiodes occultum (Thouars) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 675 (1891).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Erporkis bracteata Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 660 (1891).
Erporkis cryptorpis Thouars, Bull. Herb. Boissier 2: 462 (1894).
Platylepis densiflora Rolfe, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1906: 378 (1906).
Description:
Plants with the look of the preceding species, but the inflorescence nearly glabrous, hairs glandular and rare; bracts 3 veined, but less than 3 times longer than wide; sepals slightly swollen basally; petals 3 veined; labellum 5 veined, swollen but not bigibbous basally; calluses very small, in the swollen basal area, only on the labellum; anther small (1,5 mm tall), a third taller than the rostellum; staminodes hyaline, narrow and curved-falcate; rostellum points very short and the stigmas in the form of a thick, retrorse hook.
Habitat:
In humid montane forests at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters.
Distribution:
W. Indian Ocean
References:
Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Orchids of Madagascar, Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb and Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans
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van Vugt. Image used
with kind permission. 
Photograph© Rogier
van Vugt. Image used
with kind permission.