Oberonia disticha (Lam.) Schltr.

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Oberonia disticha

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Nyamhingura Bridge, EH Tea Estates, Honde Valley.

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Synonyms: Epidendrum distichum Lam.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Small epiphytic herb. Stems 1 to several, usually pendent. Leaves succulent, alternate, bilaterally flattened, overlapping. Inflorescence a terminal spike of 60-70 minute flowers on a thick fleshy rhachis, Flowers less than 2 mm across, creamy yellow to orange.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: disticha: in opposite rows, distichous; referring to the 2-ranked leaves
Habitat: In riverine or evergreen forest and in high rainfall Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 430 - 1200 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Central, East and Southern Africa, Madagascar, the Comoro and Mascarene Islands
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Saturday 25 March 2006
Literature:

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 146 - 147. (Includes a picture).

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 50.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 286 - 287. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 88 - 89. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 181 - 182. (Includes a picture).

McMurtry, D., Grobler,L., Grobler, J. & Burns, S. (2008). Field Guide to the ORCHIDS of Northern South Africa and Swaziland Umdaus Press, PO Box 11059 Hatfield 0028 South Africa Pages 390 - 391. (Includes a picture).

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 391.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Oberonia disticha.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118100, retrieved 26 July 2016

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