African Plant Database

Mystacidium tanganyikense Summerh.
Protologue : Bot. Mus. Leafl. Harvard Univ. 12: 113 (1945)
Information on the genus : Mystacidium
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic dwarf herb; stem 1-2 mm long; roots numerous, flexuous, 0,5-1 mm Ø; leaves 2-5, oblanceolate, falcate, 1-6x0,3-0,9 cm, without petiolate base, dark green with raised reticulate venation, apex unequally 2-lobed; inflorescences pendent, 1-several, borne below leaves, 1,5-10 cm long, 1-12-flowered; peduncle and rachis wiry; flowers greenish, translucent, 8-10 mm Ø, scented at night; bracts triangular, < 1 mm long; pedicel and ovary 5-12 mm long; dorsal sepal recurved, lanceolate, 4-8x1-2 mm; laterals similar but longer; petals obliquely lanceolate, shorter than sepals; lip lanceolate, 5-7x3 mm, obscurely 3-lobed at base, midlobe recurved, side lobes upcurved; spur pendent, 10-20 mm long.
Ecology : Evergreen rain-forest; conifer plantations; in dense shade, usually sunk in moss, on tree trunks and branches, lianes; often abundant where it occurs; 1300-2500 m alt.
  “Looks very much like a miniature Aerangis with reticulated leaves”.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 437
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