Angraecopsis parviflora (Thouars) Schltr.

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Angraecopsis parviflora

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Zomba Plateau forest camp site

Angraecopsis parviflora

Photo: Gary Brown
Zomba Plateau forest camp site

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Synonyms: Aerobium parviflorum (Thouars) Spreng.
Angraecum parviflorum Thouars
Epidorchis parviflora (Thouars) Kuntze
Listrostachys parviflora (Thouars) S. Moore
Mystacidium pedunculatum Rolfe
Saccolabium parviflorum (Thouars) Cordem.
Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphytic herb, with a short stem. Leaves 5-10, fleshy, up to 25 cm and linear, very unequally lobed at the apex. Inflorescence spirally arranged on a long, slender peduncle. Flowers, c. 7 mm across, pale greenish-white. Lip distinctly 3-lobed; spur 5-15 mm.
Derivation of specific name: parviflora: small-flowered
Habitat: In mixed evergreen and riverine forest, often growing fairly low on tree trunks.
Altitude range: 850 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique; also Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands.
Malawi distribution: C,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Content last updated: Friday 6 September 2019

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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: Angraecopsis parviflora., retrieved 13 April 2024

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