Stolzia compacta P.J. Cribb
subsp. purpurata P.J. Cribb

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Stolzia compacta subsp. purpurata

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Near Carvalho's House, Tsetsera, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Stolzia sp. no. 1 sensu Grosvenor (1976)
Common names:
Status: Native
Small epiphyte, often forming large mats of chained pseudobulbs covering trunks and branches of the host trees. Pseudobulbs asymmetrically ovoid, c. 1 × 1.5 cm, set closely together. Leaves solitary per pseudobulb arising from the apex, oblanceolate, 5-9 cm long, erect, light green, thinly textured. Inflorescence single-flowered, shorter than the leaf. Flower resupinate, less than 4.5, mm in diameter, somewhat fleshy, purple red, minutely and obscurely verrucose.
Notes: Note: Subsp. compacta is slightly larger and has yellow-green flowers. It is endemic to the Nyika Plateau in Malawi.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In montane evergreen forest, particularly on Podocarpus latifolius.
Altitude range: (metres) 1600 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Aug - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Malawi (Mt Mulanje), Mozambique and Zimbabwe (Himalaya Range, Mt Engwa & Mt Tsetserra).
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Monday 31 May 2010

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 52.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 288 - 290. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 129 - 130. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 183. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 141.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Stolzia compacta subsp. purpurata., retrieved 17 December 2017

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