African Plant Database

Gymnosiphon usambaricus Engl.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 20: 138 (1894)
Information on the genus : Gymnosiphon
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Dictyostega usambarica (Engl.) Engl.
 Ptychomeria usambarica (Engl.) Schltr.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Achlorophyllous saprophytic herb lacking bulbils; stem often shortly decumbent, then erect, usually ribbed, occasionally branched, white, cream, pink, or brown, 5-35 cm tall; basal and scale-leaves to 5 mm long; flowers few to many in a lax bifid cyme; cyme branches 1-7 cm long; tube white, 4-10 mm long; outer tepals white to yellow, 3-lobed, inner ones small; fruit greyish, to 4 mm long.
Ecology : Amongst leaf-mould on evergreen forest floor; 900-2200 m alt.
  Has been confused with G. afro-orientalis in SW Tanzania. A very similar specimen has been collected in SW Cameroon (Korup Natl. Park, Sainge 873), fide Sainge & al. (2010): 285.
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Record n°39413 modified 2009-09-24
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