AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Vanilla acuminata Rolfe, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 32: 456 (1896).
Description:
Stem rather slender. Leaves petiolate or oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, 6–7 in. long, 1–1 1/4 in. broad; petioles 3/4 lin. long. Racemes 1 in. long. Bracts ovate-oblong, subobtuse, 1 1/4–4 lin. long. Sepals 10–12 lin. long; dorsal lanceolate, acute, 3 lin. broad; lateral lanceolate-oblong, acute, 4 lin. broad. Petals falcate-lanceolate, acute, 9–10 lin. long, 2 1/2 lin. broad. Lip deeply trilobed, 7–8 lin. long; side lobes roundish-oblong, obtuse; front lobe oblong, obtuse or apiculate; disc with a small central crest composed of a few retrorse scales. Column clavate, 6–7 lin. long.
Habitat:
Notes:
Larger altogether than the preceding, with the lip differently shaped, and the crest reduced to a few scaly appendages.
Distribution:
Lower Guinea Gaboon: Province of Munda