African Plant Database

Phaius occidentalis Schltr.
Protologue : Kunene-Sambesi-Exped. 211 (1903)
Information on the genus : Phaius
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herbs to 70 cm tall, arising from a series of underground pseudobulbs; leaves 5-6 in a false rosette, imbricate, elliptic-lanceolate, ± petiolate, with broad persistent bases, 15-32x1-6 cm, dull purplish green; inflorescence to 50 cm long, with 3-6 flowers clustered towards apex; rachis to 8 cm long; bracts oblong, 20-30x10 mm, foliaceous; flowers thick-textured, not opening wide, white, lip spotted brown at base, rapidly turning blue-green when damaged; pedicel and ovary 13 mm long; sepals and petals lanceolate, 15-30x5-10 mm; lip 28x8-16 mm, 3-lobed, with 3 longitudinal raised hairy keels; side lobes rounded; midlobe oblong, 8-10x7 mm; spur sac-like, 2-3 mm long; fruit hairy.
Ecology : Seasonally wet swampy grassland; dambos; vlei; bogs; Miscanthidium and Sphagnum swamps; 1100-1600 m alt.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 275
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see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Orchidées d'Afrique Centrale
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
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