African Plant Database

Tridactyle minutifolia Stévart & D’haijère
Protologue : Phytotaxa 212(2): 143 (2015)
Information on the genus : Tridactyle
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic erect herb; stems slender, unbranched, 20-40 cm long, brownish with black spots; leaves distichous, linear, c. 5-7x0,2-0,4 cm, glabrous, dull green; inflorescences to 8 per shoot, opposite to leaves, ± pendulous, 3,5-5,5 cm long, 7-10-flowered; flowers in 2 rows, white-yellowish to orange; bracts triangular, c. 2 mm long; pedicel and ovary 3-4 mm long, papillose; sepals ovate-acute, 3-5x1-2 mm, margins entire; petals linear-acute, 3-5x1 mm; lip 5 x c. 1 mm, 3-lobed in middle; side lobes spreading, thread-like, shorter than midlobe (2,5-4 mm long); spur mostly absent, or if present, cylindrical, 7-8 mm long.
Ecology : Dense rain-forest rich in Burseraceae; bottom of very wet valley; high canopy, seen on Bikinia letestui at 25 & 40 m above ground; 350-490 m alt. (flowers with spur), c. 570 m (without spur).
  Close to T. tridactylites, T. lisowskii, T. stevartiana.
  First collected in 1985, then in 1988, 2009, 2011. A specimen cultivated at the Wageningen Herbarium shadehouse (NL), and two others in Libreville (Gabon).
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Record n°234674 created 2016-02-05
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