African Plant Database

Angraecum distichum Lindl.
Protologue : Edward's Bot. Reg. 21: t. 1781 (1836 [1835])
Information on the genus : Angraecum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Mystacidium distichum (Lindl.) Pfitzer
 Dolabrifolia disticha (Lindl.) Szlach. & Romowicz (2007)
 Epidorkis disticha (Lindl.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Angraecum poppendickianum Szlach. & Olszewski
=Dolabrifolia poppendickiana (Szlach. & Olszewski) Szlach. & Romowicz (2007)
=Limodorum imbricatum Sw. (1805)
=*Angraecum imbricatum (Sw.) Schltr. (1918)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic dwarf herb often forming large clumps; stem 3-25 cm long, arcuate; leaves distichous, fleshy, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, 5-11x3-7 mm, bilaterally compressed; inflorescences short in leaf axils, 1-flowered; flowers white, 6-9 mm Ø; tepals elliptic, obtuse, 3-5x1-2,5 mm; lip indistinctly 3-lobed, obovate, 3-3,5x2,8-4 mm; spur straight, clavate, 5-7 mm long, suddenly tapering near apex, apex acute.
Ecology : Primary forest, humid forest, rain-forest; riverine forest, mangrove swamps; swampy forest with Uapaca; forest with Gilbertiodendron dewevrei; river bank near waterfall; in half-shade; 1-30 m above ground on trees, e.g. Lophira alata, Blighia welwitschii, Crudia harmsiana, Irvingia smithii; often growing with other epiphytes, e.g. Polystachya tessellata, P. odorata, Ancistrorhynchus metteniae; 10-1900 m alt.
  Confused with A. bancoense (see above under that species; Simo & al. in Scripta Bot. Belg. 46: 460, 2010; Geerinck in Taxonom. 32: 17, 2011; I. la Croix in Afric. Orchid Alliance Mag. 3: 10-13, 1997). Also confused with A. aporoides (syn.: A. distichum var. grandifolium; record given for Bénin by Akoegninou & al., Fl. analyt.: 149, 2006, is treated under the latter name). A. distichum in Segerbäck, Orchids Nigeria: figs. 108-110, 1983 is A. bancoense, so also for Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Orchid 3: pl. 5, 1989, and also Fl. Cameroun 36: 886, 2001, specim. Bos 3922. A. poppendickianum has a spur longer than pedicel and ovary; the variation of this character is discussed by Stévart (2003: 68) under A. distichum referring to material from Cameroon, Dja.
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Record n°43519 modified 2009-05-27
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