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Didymoplexis africana Summerh.
Family : ORCHIDACEAE
Protologue : Kew Bull. 1951, 465 (1952)
Information on the genus : Didymoplexis
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial saprophyte, leafless; rhizome subterranean, horizontal, with fleshy fusiform tuber 4 cm long, c. 0,7 cm Ř, with ring-scars of cataphylls; stem borne at apex of tuber, to c. 7 cm long, with cataphylls; peduncle slender, to 10 cm tall, erect; rachis to 4 cm long, closely 1-5-flowered; flowers white to pinkish, c. 1,5 cm long, tubular (tepals connate) in lower half, widely open towards apex; pedicel and ovary c. 1 cm long; tepals c. 1,5 cm long, 0,5 cm wide; lip free, distinctly clawed, orbicular-obovate, c. 1x0,5 cm, indistinctly 3-lobed, apex of claw with a reflexed ligule-like callus.
Ecology : Forest; rain-forest, in shade among rotting leaves on forest floor; 800-1050 m alt.
  References to Didymoplexis africana in the Flora Zambesiaca area, e.g. Fl. Zambes. 11/1: 268, 1995 (excl. pl. 92 p. 269); I. la Croix & al., Orchids Malawi: 171, 1991; Kurzweil, Pl. Mt Mulanje in Bothalia 22: 242, 1992; Strugnell, Checklist spermat. Mt. Mulanje: 134, 2006; all refer to Gastrodia ballii.
  Perhaps in Liberia (Jongkind, Checklist Liber. vascul. pl., 2012) and in Príncipe (Stévart & de Oliveira, Guide orchid. S. Tomé & Príncipe: 30, 2000).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 268
 
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see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
 
Map
carte afrique num 43705
 
Record n°43705
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