Mystacidium tanganyikense Summerh.

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Mystacidium tanganyikense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge

Mystacidium tanganyikense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Mystacidium sp. no. 1 sensu Grosvenor (1976)
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Delicate dwarf epiphytic herb. The leaves are often faintly banded darker green on the veins. The inflorescence carries up to 10 pale green flowers, 12-13 mm across with a spur c.17 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: tanganyikense: of Tanganyika (Tanzania)
Habitat: In deep shade as a low level epiphyte on twigs and branches in the understorey of montane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1700 - 2400 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 140 - 141. as Mystacidium sp. no. 1 (Wild 4535) (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 331. (Includes a picture).

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

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 437.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 87. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 283 - 284. (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 138.


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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: Mystacidium tanganyikense., retrieved 25 October 2016

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