Tridactyle anthomaniaca (Rchb. f.) Summerh.

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Tridactyle anthomaniaca

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Luwawa Forest Reserve, Mzimba

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Synonyms: Tridactyle lepidota (Rchb.f. ex Rolfe) Schltr.
Tridactyle trachyrrhiza (Schltr.) Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphytic herb with elongated pendent stems. Leaves thickly leathery or semi-succulent, unequally notched at the apex, clasping the stem, often twisted at the base to lie in one plane. Flowers in leaf-opposed clusters along the stem, straw-coloured to brownish-orange. Petals and sepals similar; lip entire to slightly dentate at the margins. Spur 6-16 mm, slender, parallel to the ovary.
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Habitat: In high rainfall woodland and along the edges of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 220 - 221. (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.

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

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La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 134. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 288. (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. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 113 - 114.

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 Pages 82 - 83. (Includes a picture).

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 202 - 203. also as Tridactyle sp. (Williamson 123 & 861) (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: Tridactyle anthomaniaca., retrieved 16 April 2024

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