Tridactyle tridentata (Harv.) Schltr.

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Tridactyle tridentata

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Cleveland Dam, carpark

Tridactyle tridentata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, carpark

Tridactyle tridentata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Tridactyle tridentata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Tridactyle bolusii (Rolfe) Schltr.
Tridactyle teretifolia Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Erect or sometimes pendent epiphyte. Stems sometimes branching. Leaves borne on the apical half of the stem, terete, sometimes with a groove on the upper surface. Flowers in short inflorescences along the stem, axillary or on the old leaf nodes, pale green, turning apricot with age. Petals narrower than sepals; lip widening near the 3-lobed apex. Spur 6-18 mm, straight, slightly inflated in the apical half. The flowers are scented at night.
Derivation of specific name: tridentata: with three teeth, referring to the three short lobes of the lip
Habitat: In drier Brachystegia woodland and other mixed deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 640 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: DRC, East Africa and southwards to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 8 January 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 336. (Includes a picture).

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

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 449. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 139 - 140. as Tridactyle teretifolia (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 293. (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 142.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Tridactyle tridentata
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West African Plants database: Tridactyle tridentata

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 tridentata., retrieved 28 October 2016

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