Ansellia africana Lindl.

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Ansellia africana

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Valley Lodge, Mutare

Ansellia africana

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Tiger Kloof, Mutare

Ansellia africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tiger Kloof, Mutare

Ansellia africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road out from Hippo Pools

Ansellia africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road out from Hippo Pools

Ansellia africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road out from Hippo Pools

Ansellia africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road out from Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Ansellia gigantea Rchb. f. var. nilotica (Baker f.) Summerh.
Ansellia humilis W. Bull
Ansellia nilotica (Baker) N.E. Br.
Common names: Leopard orchid (English) Monkey sugarcane (English) Mopane orchid (English) Tree orchid (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
A large epiphyte with numerous slender, erect pseudobulbs up to 80cm long, arising from a mass of upwardly growing roots. The leaves are long and narrow, spaced along the stem-like pseudobulbs. Inflorescences terminal, branched, bearing many large and showy flowers. The great variety in shapes and colours of the flowers has, in the past, led to the description of many species and subspecies. These are now considered synonyms of one variable species, occurring throughout tropical Africa.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: Usually found in drier and hotter areas of woodland and riverine fringes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 18 August 2013
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 76. (Includes a picture).

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 232 - 233. (Includes a picture).

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 23.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 128.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 301. (Includes a picture).

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 49.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 37. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 299. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 29, plate 49

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 126.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 186.


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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: Ansellia africana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=119860, retrieved 30 May 2016

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