AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Cardiochilos P.J. Cribb in Kew Bull. 32:183 (1977).
Description:
Small, monopodial, epiphytic herbs. Stems short, rooting at the base. Leaves several, distichous, linear. Inflorescences arising at the base of the plant and in axils of lower leaves. Flowers non resupinate, green to straw-coloured, scabrid on the outside. Sepals and petals subsimilar; lip obscurely 3-lobed, concave, ecallose, spurred at the base. Column short; rostellum narrow, bifid, truncate. Pollinia 2, globose; stipes 1, linear; viscidium 1, reniform.
Distribution:
Tanzania to Malawi
Cultivation:
Not in cultivation
Species:

Cardiochilos williamsonii P.J.Cribb SW. Tanzania to N. Malawi.

References:
Flora of Tropical East Africa - Orchidaceae v3 (1989), Bind 136 by Phillip Cribb; Genera Orchidacearum Volume 6: Epidendroideae, Del 3 by Alec M. Pridgeon, Phillip J. Cribb, Mark W. Chase,Finn N. Rasmussen; World Checklist of Monocotyledons. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/monocots/ accessed 21.03.2017