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Angraecum cultriforme Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 1958, 272 (1958)
Information on the genus : Angraecum
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Angraecoides cultriforme (Summerh.) Szlach., Mytnik & al.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic herb, pendent, forming tangles; stem to c. 20 cm long, sometimes branched, with roots opposite leaves; leaves several, distichous, twisted at base so as to lie in one plane, ligulate-falcate, 3-6x0,5-0,9 cm, olive green tinged reddish or orange, apex unequally and acutely 2-lobed; inflorescences opposite leaves, 1-2-flowered; flowers pink, orange-straw-coloured; tepals lanceolate, acute, 9-21x2,3-3,8 mm; lip boat-shaped, 8-15x3,3-6 mm; spur 13-26 mm long, clavate, often parallel to dorsal sepal.
Ecology : Riverine forest; thickets near a river; coastal bush; Brachystegia woodland; dry evergreen forest and bushland; usually low down on small branches and twigs of host plant; 0-2200 m alt.
  Variable in size of flowers.
  S. Africa.
  BAKER, C. & M. BAKER (1999). Orchid species culture: Angraecum cultriforme Summerhayes. Afric. Orchid Alliance Mag. March 1999: 16-18.
  Closely related to A. stolzii and A. umbrosum. Intermediates between them exist. The three belong perhaps to one variable species; A. stolzii has then priority (Fl. Zambes., l.c.). A. cultriforme has longer flower spur and smaller leaves, and occurs in hotter, more low-lying areas than the others.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Epiphyte- Ht up to 0.31 m. Alt: ? - 50 m. Distribution: KN

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. Africa 45: t.1835 (1979).
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 422-423 (1999).
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see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 43464
Record n°43464
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