Angraecum conchiferum Lindl.

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Angraecum conchiferum

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Below the hut, Chimanimani Mts.

Angraecum conchiferum

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Angraecum conchiferum

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

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Synonyms: Angorkis conchifera (Lindl.) Kuntze
Angraecum scabripes Kraenzl.
Angraecum verrucosum Rendle
Mystacidium verrucosum (Rendle) Rolfe
Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphytic herb with an elongated, often branched stem, up to 60 cm long. Leaves alternate, along the apical parts of the stem, dark green, 4-6 cm long, linear. Inflorescences leaf-opposed, 1-2 flowered. Flowers white and green, the lip often uppermost. Petals and sepals linear-lanceolate, c. 3 cm long. Lip subcircular, very concave with a long thin pointed apex. Spur tapering, 3-5 cm long.
Derivation of specific name: conchiferum: shell-bearing, referring tho the shape of the lip in this species.
Habitat: In montane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 1600 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 13 September 2015

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Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 83 - 84.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Pages 17 - 18. (Includes a picture).

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Summerhayes, V.S. (1958). African orchids XXVI Kew Bulletin 13(2) Pages 275 - 276.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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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: Angraecum conchiferum., retrieved 21 February 2024

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