Tridactyle anthomaniaca subsp. nana P.J.Cribb & Stévart, Kew Bull. 59: 205 (2004).
Epiphytic herb; stem up to 41 cm long, 5 mm in diameter, pendulous, many branched, papillose; roots smooth, 1 - 2 mm in diameter. Leaves numerous (usually more than 100), ovate to oblong, distichous, 5 - 6 mm apart, twisted at base to lie in one plane, fleshy and coriaceous, 0.9 - 1.9 x 0.5 - 0.6 cm, unequally roundly bilobed, lobes 0 - 1 mm long, upper face furrowed, puberulous, lower face papillose. Inflorescence very short, numerous, borne opposite to the leaves, 1- flowered. Flowers distichous, whitish green; pedicel and ovary 2 mm long, papillose; bracts amplexicaul, enclosing the base of the pedicel, 0.5 x 1.5 mm. Dorsal sepal triangular, acute, 4 x 1.8 mm, trinerved, thickened, papillose on the outer face. Lateral sepals obliquely triangular, acuminate, 3 - 4 x 2 mm, trinerved, thickened, papillose on the outer face. Petals 3.1 x 1 mm, narrowly triangular, acute, trinerved. Lip entire, narrowly triangular, acute, 3.2 x 1 mm, with two distinct auricles at mouth of the spur; spur curved at the base, compressed, inflated toward the apex, apex obtuse, 12 x 0.5 - 0.8 mm. Column 2 mm long.
Tridactyle anthomoniaca subsp. nana is named for the very small size of its leaves.
Evergreen mist-forest; 1000 – 1110 m. Epiphyte on small branches at 20 - 25 m on the upper part of the canopy.
It is very easy to grow in shade or sunny conditions.
Cameroon to Equatorial Guinea
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
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