Tridactyle brevifolia Mansf., Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 11: 1063 (1934).
Plants small, erect, with stems 6—10 cm long and with smooth roots. Leaves linear, unequally bilobed at the apex, with rounded lobes, 2-4.5 cm long, 2-4 mm wide. Inflorescences 2-3 cm long, 4- to 9-flowered. Flowers yellow-orange with reddish anther cap; dorsal sepal elliptic, obtuse, 3.5-3.7 mm long, 2 mm wide; lateral sepals obliquely ovate, obtuse, 3.5—4.2 mm long, 2.7 mm wide; petals oblong-elliptic, obtuse, 3-3.5 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; lip auriculate at the base, 3-lobed at the apex but side lobes obscure, mid-lobe oblong, 3 mm long, in total 3-3.5 mm long, 2-2.2 mm wide; spur pendent, clavate, 6—7 mm long.
Epiphyte on small trees in montane mist forest; 1650-2100 m; flowering in January and February.
As given for the genus.
Tanzania (Nguru Mts., Uluguru Mts.)
World Checklist of Monocotyledons. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; accessed 21.03.2017
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