African Plant Database

Angraecum chamaeanthus Schltr.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 601 (1915) 
Information on the genus : Angraecum
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic minute herb; stems 1-5 mm high, covered in imbricate sheaths; leaves 2-4, lorate-elliptic, 1-2,2x0,1-0,5 cm; inflorescences (racemes) borne from below leaves, 1-3 cm long, 4-10-flowered; flowers white; tepals ovate, 1,3-2x0,7-1,2 mm; lip boat-shaped, 1,3x1 mm; spur saccate, 0,8-1,5 mm long.
Ecology : Forest, evergreen forest; on twigs in the canopy or on bushes; on Lasianthus kilimandscharicus; embedded in mosses and lichens; 1400-2400 m alt.
  Difficult to grow because of its small size. One of the smallest of all African orchids. Easily overlooked and probably more widespread than records suggest. Found when branches and trees fall.Very rare.
  NE S. Africa
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Epiphyte- Ht up to 0.01 m. Alt: 1200 - 1700 m. Distribution: KN, LP, MP

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 370

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 425 (1999).
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see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
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