African Plant Database

Tridactyle latifolia Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 3(2): 298 (1948)
Information on the genus : Tridactyle
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic herb; stems robust, ± pendent, 22-40 cm long; leaves 5-6, elliptic, curved, leathery, 9,5-13,5x1,7-2,5 cm; inflorescences 5-11,5 cm long, laxly 8-18-flowered; flowers small, resupinate, yellowish; bracts 1-2 mm long; pedicel and ovary 3-4 mm long; sepals oblong-lanceolate, c. 4-6x2 mm; petals ligulate-lanceolate, c. 4-5x1 mm; lip c. 4-6 mm long, 9 mm wide, auriculate at base, 3-lobed near middle; side lobes linear, longer than midlobe, tips fimbriate; midlobe triangular; spur cylindrical, 10-14 mm long, incurved.
Ecology : On trees on river bank (Príncipe: 520-600 m alt.).
  According to D’Haijère & al. (Phytotaxa 212: 147, 2015) flowers may lack spurs; “spur length appears to be related to altitude, with a short spur or without a spur grow at higher altitudes…”. -T. latifolia sensu Ball, South. Afric. epiphytic Orch.: 224, 1978 = T. bicaudata.
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