Stolzia repens (Rolfe) Summerh.
var. repens

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Stolzia repens var. repens

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Along path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Polystachya repens Rolfe
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Status: Native
A small epiphyte. The widely creeping, prostrate, stems like pseudobulbs can form extensive mats, sometimes covering entire trunks and branches of the host trees. Leaves 2 per pseudobulb, suborbicular. Flowers solitary yellow with darker brown-yellow stripes.
Notes: It differs from the rare and restricted Stolzia repens var. obtusa by the much lighter coloured flowers and the longer, lanceolate and acuminate petals and sepals.
Derivation of specific name: repens: creeping
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland at higher altitudes.
Altitude range: 1050 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Monday 12 August 2019

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 212 - 213. As Stolzia repens (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 336.

Cribb, P.J. (1978). A revision of Stolzia (Orchidaceae) Kew Bulletin 33(1) Page 87. as Stolzia repens

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 27. As Stolzia repens

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 86. As Stolzia repens

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 52.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 290.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 130 - 131. as Stolzia repens (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 184. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 98.

Morris, B. (1967). The epiphytic orchids of Soche Mountain. Historic and Scientific Society of Malawi Journal 20(2) Page 33. As Stolzia repens

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 75 - 76. As Stolzia repens

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 124.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 81. As Stolzia repens (Includes a picture).

Summerhayes, V.S. (1953). African orchids XXI Kew Bulletin 8(1) Page 141.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 128 - 130. As Stolzia repens (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Stolzia repens var. repens., retrieved 18 May 2024

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