African Plant Database

Tridactyle anthomaniaca (Rchb. f.) Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 3(2): 284 (1948)
Information on the genus : Tridactyle
Basionym : Listrostachys anthomaniaca Rchb. f.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Tridactyle anthomaniaca (Rchb. f.) Summerh. subsp. anthomaniaca
 Listrostachys anthomaniaca Rchb. f. (1877)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Tridactyle lepidota (Rolfe) Schltr.
=Angraecum lepidotum Rolfe (1880)
=Tridactyle trachyrhiza (Schltr.) Schltr.
=Angraecum trachyrrhizum Schltr. (1899)
=Angraecum wittmackii Kraenzl. (1889)
=Listrostachys wittmackii (Kraenzl.) Rolfe (1897)
Taxon infra-specific
Tridactyle anthomaniaca (Rchb. f.) Summerh. subsp. anthomaniaca
Tridactyle anthomaniaca subsp. nana P.J. Cribb & Stévart (2004)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic pendent herb growing in large masses, with very long verrucose roots; stems slender, woody, 20-200 cm long, covered with black-spotted old leaf bases; and producing branches at right angles to main stem; leaves numerous, fleshy-coriaceous, linear-elliptic, 2-11x0,6-2 cm, distichous, twisted at base to lie in one plane, shiny above, matt beneath; inflorescences < 1 cm long, 2-4-flowered, peduncle 1-2 mm long; flowers small, resupinate, green, yellow, apricot to brownish-orange or white; bracts ovate, 1-2 mm long; pedicel and ovary 3-5 mm long, lepidote; tepals ± oblong, 3-6x c. 2 mm; lip lanceolate-acute, 3-6x1-2 mm, usually entire but base with fleshy acute auricles; spur filiform, 6-16-20 mm long.
Ecology : High rainfall (Brachystegia) woodland; on exposed lichen covered tree in ravine; edge of evergreen forest; riverine or swamp forest; mangrove swamp; often above water, or in sunny position; plantations (coffee, cocoa, guava); on, e.g., Gaertnera paniculata, Canarium schweinfurthii, Klainedoxa gabonensis, Guibourtia demeusei, Scorodophloeum zenkeri, Syzygium staudtii; usually on larger branches of trees; 60-2400 m alt.
  Comprises 2 subspp. Without flowers T. anthomaniaca may be confused with Calyptrochilum christyanum.
  Also in Sudan ?, and in the Gulf of Guinea Islands ?
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Record n°175930 modified 2007-04-03
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