African Plant Database

Tridactyle virginea P.J. Cribb & La Croix
Protologue : Fl. Trop. E. Africa (Part 3): 614 (1991)
Information on the genus : Tridactyle
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic herb erect or trailing, forming large colonies on horizontal branches; stems 30-40 cm long, covered with old leaf bases, leafy towards apex; roots verrucose; leaves 3-7, linear, 6-13x0,7-1,1 cm, with a hair-like ligule 5 mm long at top of leaf sheath opposite blade; inflorescences borne on stem opposite leaf axils and among leaf bases, 1-2,7 cm long, 3-11-flowered; peduncle very short; flowers ± campanulate, glistening white, anther cap red; bracts brownish, c. 1 mm long; pedicel and ovary 6-7 mm long; sepals ovate, c. 3-5x2 mm; petals elliptic, c. 4x1 mm; lip 3-4x2-3 mm, base auriculate, 3-lobed towards apex; midlobe triangular, 1 mm long; side lobes spreading, similar but shorter; spur 5-7 mm long, ± inflated in middle, parallel to ovary.
Ecology : Forest; on trees at high level; 1600-1900 m alt.
  Resembling T. aurantiopunctata, T. fusifera.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 456
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