African Plant Database

Tridactyle tridactylites (Rolfe) Schltr.
Information on the genus : Tridactyle
Basionym : Angraecum tridactylites Rolfe
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Angraecum tridactylites Rolfe (1888)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Tridactyle ledermanniana (Kraenzl.) Schltr.
=Mystacidium ledermannianum Kraenzl. (1914)
=Tridactyle kindtiana (De Wild.) Schltr.
=Listrostachys kindtiana De Wild. (1903)
=Aeranthes deistelianus Kraenzl. (1904)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic or lithophytic herb forming large colonies, growing very luxuriantly; stems often branched, straggling or erect, 40-200 cm long, woody, covered with old leaf bases, with stout smooth roots; leaves in apical part of stem, distichous, linear, 6-21x0,6-1,8 cm, glossy green; inflorescences borne along the length of stem, mainly in lower part, 3-8 cm long, 6-16-flowered; flowers resupinate, greenish-cream, whitish to orange or brown, translucent, fragrant at night; bracts ovate, reflexed, 1-2 mm long; pedicel and ovary 3-6 mm long; sepals lanceolate, 4-6x c. 2 mm; petals similar but slightly shorter and narrower; lip 3-7 mm long, 5-6 mm wide, 3-lobed in middle, base auriculate; side lobes spreading, filiform, 3-4 mm long, not fringed; midlobe shorter, triangular, 2-3x1 mm; spur slender, 6-13 mm long, straight.
Ecology : Evergreen forest, rain-forest, riverine forest, ravine forest; in sunny places, on trunks and lower branches of trees; on e.g. Syzygium staudtii, Hymenodictyon floribundum, Eugenia pobeguinii, Vitellaria paradoxa (Ibrahima & al. in Selbyana 27: 72-78, 2006); on (granitic) rocks in grassy meadow, on shady rocks in woods; associated with mosses and Afrotrilepis jaegeri (Cyperaceae); 1-2100 m alt.
  In habit resembling T. armeniaca. Related to T. bicaudata, T. nanne-ritzkae (cf. table in Orchidee Hamburg 64: 353, 2013). Well-known plant among orchid growers.
  Bioko/Fernando Poo, S. Tomé, Príncipe

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 158 (1995).
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Record n°45028 modified 2007-04-03
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