Tridactyle inaequilonga (De Wild.) Schltr.

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Tridactyle inaequilonga

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Tridactyle inaequilonga

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Tridactyle inaequilonga

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Tridactyle acutoemarginata (De Wild.) Schltr.
Tridactyle scottellii (Rendle) Schltr. var. stipulata (De Wild.) Geerinck
Common names:
Frequency: Fairly common
Status: Native
Epiphytic herb, normally pendent. Pendent stems usually bare, except for sheaths of old leaf bases and 3-6 fresh leaves at the apex. Leaves linear with 2 distinctly unequal lobes at the apex. Flowers along the stem in short clusters of 2-6(10), yellowish-green to straw-orange. Lip 3-lobed for about half the length.
Derivation of specific name: inaequilonga: of unequal length, referring to the two unequal lobes at the leaf apex
Habitat: At high levels in trees of submontane and riverine forest, occasionally in high rainfall Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1250 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Tanzania and the DRC south to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Friday 2 June 2006

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

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 137 - 138. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 292. (Includes a picture).


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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: Tridactyle inaequilonga., retrieved 31 May 2016

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