Jumellea anjouanensis (Finet) H.Perrier, in Fl. Madag. 49(2): 170 (1941).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum anjouanense Finet, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 54(9): 11 (1907).
Description:
Plants 15-40 cm. tall, stems very pendent or inclined, very rigid, sometimes compressed (2-5 mm wide). covered by the sheaths and bearing 5-7 leaves toward the apex; sheaths heavily veined and carinate dorsally; leaves linear, pleated. short (2-4.5cm.) and wide (2-6 mm.), striate veined and nearly equally bilobed-obtuse apically. Inflorescence from amidst the lower leaves; peduncle very short (2-3 mm.). covered entirely by the thin, scarious. loose sheaths which reach to midway en the bracts; bracts similar to the sheaths. but narrower and more elongated (6-8 mm.), covering slightly less than a third of the pedicel, which is 16-24 mm long. Median sepal oval-lanceolate (7-10 x 2 mm.), acute and 5 veined; lateral sepals similar but with their front margins slightly enlarged toward the base. Petals lanceolate, narrower (6-7 x l mm.) and triveined Labellum narrowly linguiform, attenuate-gutter shaped toward the spur which is 10 mm. long: spur porrect in front, swollen-clavate apically, longer than the labellum. Column very short. nearly as thick as long (1mm.); auricles acute frontally. Capsule fusiform (20-25 x 2-3 mm.), with their dorsal angles flattened.
Habitat:
Jumellea anjouanensis is indigenous to the island of Anjouan in the Comoro Islands. The highest elevation on the island is around 500 meters, it receives abundant rainfall, and the weather is warm year-round. In its native state this species flowers in May.
Cultivation:
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Notes:
While the flowers of Jumellea anjouanensis are certainly not spectacular, this little species is a constant bloomer, it is easy to grow, and it occupies little space. Although it sometimes carries only 1 or 2 flowers, at other times there may be 8 or 10. This might be the species to impart free-flowering qualities to hybrid progeny.
Distribution:
Comoros.
References:
Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1938/85; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans & Campbell 2006; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 14.02-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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