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Tridactyle translucens Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 3(2): 290 (1948)
Information on the genus : Tridactyle
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic herb; stems several, erect, to 25 cm long, “arising from a basal mat of thin roots”, leafy towards apex; leaves distichous, fleshy, lanceolate, 3-4,5x0,4-1 cm; deeply folded at base; inflorescences arising opposite leaves, 0,7-1,2 cm long, 2-6-flowered; “each year new inflorescences arise from the base of the previous year’s inflorescence”; flowers pale greenish-white, translucent; bracts short, brown; pedicel and ovary c. 3 mm long; sepals ovate-lanceolate, c. 4-5x2 mm; petals oblong-lanceolate, c. 3x1 mm; lip c. 3x3 mm, papillose, auricled at base, 3-lobed in middle; side lobes spreading, ± fimbriate at the ends, c. 1 mm long; midlobe triangular, c. 1 mm long; spur 8-9 mm long, straight.
Ecology : Open patches of Cryptosepalum and Brachystegia woodland.
  May also occur in adjacent parts of Angola and Zaire.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 448
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