Tridactyle verrucosa P.J. Cribb

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Synonyms: Tridactyle sp. Morris No. 156. of Morris, Epiphyt. Orch. Malawi: 120 (1970).
Tridactyle trimikeorum Dare
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Status: Native
Erect epiphytic or lithophytic herb. Stem somewhat woody, up to 12 cm. Leaves 7-14, linear, leathery, 3.5-5.5 cm long, unequally 2-lobed at the apex, spreading, twisted to lie in one plane, facing upwards. Inflorescences short, 2-5 flowered, arising below and among the leaves. Flowers yellowish-green, fading to straw-coloured. Sepals and petals similar, more or less lanceolate-ovate, c. 2.5 mm. Lip 3.5-4 mm distinctly 3-lobed in the apical half; side lobed spreading, slightly longer than mid-lobe.
Derivation of specific name: verrucosa: verrucose or with a surface covered in warts.
Habitat: On rocks in woodland, usually in exposed situations.
Altitude range: 1600 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution: S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 56.

Cribb, P.J. & Stewart, J. (1985). Additions to the Orchid Flora of Tropical Africa Kew Bulletin 40(2) Pages 414 - 417. Protologue (Includes a picture).

Dare, M. (1999). A new Tridactyle (Orchidaceae) from the Flora Zambesiaca Region. Excelsa 19 Pages 84 - 86. as Tridactyle trimikeorum (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 168. As Tridactyle trimikeorum

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

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 454 - 456. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 296. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 130.

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. As Tridactyle trimikeorum

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 120 - 121. as Tridactyle sp. Morris No. 156.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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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 verrucosa., retrieved 21 April 2024

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