AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Gastrorchis villosa (Thouars) J.V.Stone & P.J.Cribb, Lady Tankerville's Legacy: 258 (2017).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Limodorum villosum Thouars, Hist. Orchid.: t. 32 (1822).
Bletia villosa (Thouars) Spreng., Syst. Veg. 3: 743 (1826).
Phaius villosus (Thouars) Blume, Mus. Bot. 2: 182 (1856).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Phaius stuppeus Blume, Coll. Orchid.: 14 (1858).
Phaius villosus var. longibracteatus S.Moore in J.G.Baker, Fl. Mauritius: 349 (1877).
Phaius longibracteatus (S.Moore) Frapp. ex Cordem., Fl. Réunion: 226 (1895).
Gastrorchis lutea subsp. longibracteata (S.Moore) P.Bernet, Richardiana 12: 12 (2011).
Description:
Small to just medium sized, epiphytes and lithophytes with numerous narrow tubers giving rise to a stem bearing 2 to 3, above the base, distant, lanceolate, acute sheaths that gradually smaller and with oblong-lanceolate, attenuate-acute apically leaves that blooms in the later summer through fall on an erect, cylindrical, to 15 cm long, very dense, numerous flowered inflorescence with linear, as long to much longer than the flower floral bracts with the flowers becoming smaller in length towards the base
Habitat:
On shaded mossy trees and rocks at elevations of 1700 to 2400 meters.
Distribution:
Mauritius, SSE. Réunion
References:
Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939/85; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007
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Henze. Image used with
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Photograph ©Frederic
Henze. Image used with
kind permission. 
Photograph ©Frederic
Henze. Image used with
kind permission. 
Photograph ©Frederic
Henze. Image used with
kind permission.