African Plant Database

Tridactyle verrucosa P.J. Cribb
Protologue : Kew Bull. 40(2): 415 (1985)
Information on the genus : Tridactyle
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Lithophytic, occasionally epiphytic herb often forming clumps; stems 8-25 cm long, covered by transversely wrinkled old leaf bases, with markedly verrucose roots at base; leaves borne towards stem apex, 6-7, distichous, ligulate, 3-8x0,6-1,1 cm, leathery; inflorescences arising on leafless part of stem, below the leaves, c. 2 cm long, densely 3-5-flowered; peduncle and rachis fleshy; flowers straw-coloured, sweetly scented, c. 8 mm Ø; bracts ovate, 1-3 mm long; pedicel and ovary 3 mm long; sepals lanceolate, c. 4x1 mm, spreading; petals similar, 3-4x1 mm; lip 4-5 mm long, 3-lobed near middle; side lobes thread-like, c. 3 mm long; midlobe triangular, acute, 1,5 mm long; spur 8-12 mm long, slightly swollen towards apex, straight or decurved (parallel to ovary).
Ecology : On rocks in exposed situations, in grassland, in Brachystegia woodland, at edge of forest; epiphytic on relict trees; 1500-2200 m alt.

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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