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Calyptrochilum christyanum (Rchb. f.) Summerh.
Information on the genus : Calyptrochilum
Basionym : Angraecum christyanum Rchb. f.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Angraecum christyanum Rchb. f.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Angraecum bokoyense De Wild. (1916)
=Angraecum malangeanum Kraenzl. (1895)
=Angraecum marsupio-calcaratum Kraenzl. (1914)
=Rhaphidorhynchus moloneyi (Rolfe) Finet
=Angraecum moloneyi Rolfe (1897)
=Angraecum mombasense Rolfe (1897)
=Angraecum ovalifolium De Wild. (1906)
=Angraecum pynaertii De Wild. (1906)
=Angraecum schoellerianum Kraenzl.
=Angraecum zigzag De Wild. (1903)
=Calyptrochilum orientale Schltr. (1915)
=*Angraecum ivorense A. Chev. (1920)
=Campilocentrum marcalianum Campacci
=Campylocentrum marcalianum Campacci
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic (hanging), sometimes lithophytic, entirely glabrous herb; stem simple, woody, pendulous or ± horizontal, 12-60 cm long, leafy, rooting at nodes; leaves ligulate, fleshy, in one plane in 2 rows, 3-13x0,8-2,5 cm, surface slightly rugose; inflorescences borne opposite leaves, very short (to 4 cm), crowded with flowers (3-12); rachis zigzag; bracts not imbricate; flowers white or cream, tinged with apricot or pink, scented or not; sepals ovate, 5-10x2-4 mm; petals oblong-elliptic, 5-8x2-3 mm; lip 7-12x7-10 mm, 3-lobed near base, side lobes rounded and erect, mid-lobe oblong, 5-10x5-8 mm, emarginate; spur wide-mouthed, 9-11 mm long, bent and constricted at middle, apex inflated. – Forming large clumps like mistletoe.
Ecology : Drier forests; forest-savanna boundaries; high rain-fall Brachystegia woodland; savanna; old secondary forests with Celtis sp., Sterculiaceae; in tall forest trees, isolated in areas formerly forested; gallery and riverine forest; in coastal areas and isolated hills inland; sometimes on rocks; often at high level on tree boles and branches up to 35 m above soil; on, e.g. Brachystegia boehmii, Mangifera indica, Uapaca heudelotii, Diospyros sp.; on Vitellaria (Selbyana 27: 74, 2006); growing with Polystachya affinis; 0-1900 m alt.
  Small specimens can resemble Tridactyle anthomaniaca, but roots are thicker and leaves longer (Malawi). – Often confused with C. emarginatum.
  Used in traditional medicine (Burkill, Useful pl. W. Trop. Afr., ed. 2, 4: 315-316, 1997; Morris in Orchid Rev. 111/1253: 274, 2003).
  Subspontaneous in Brazil, Mata Atlântica (Barros & al., Orchidaceae in Forzza & al., Catálogo de plantas e fungos do Brasil 2: 1359, 2010). One of the most widespread of all African epiphytic orchids.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 403
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:64 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography other :
  • Gamarra R., P. Galán Cela & E. Ortúnez (2019). Orchidaceae in Equatorial Guinea (West Tropical Africa): nomenclatural and taxonomic notes, new records and critical taxa. Kew Bull. 74/2: 9
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