Oligophyton H.P. Linder

Description of the genus

Terrestrial herb with by testicular tubers.Leaves dimorphic, with ovate spreading basal leaves and loosely convoluted leaves along the stem. Inflorescence an erect lax spike; bracts half as long as the ovaries, green to somewhat chartaceous. Flowers small, more or less resupinate, with the sepals and petals not spreading; ovary twisted. Sepals free, entire, 1-nerved. Petals more or less enclosed by the sepals, 3-nerved, slightly shorter than the sepals. Lip shorter than the sepals and petals and enclosed by them, 3-lobed and 3-nerved; the side lobes blunt and shorter than the mid-lobe; spur short, straight or curved. Column short; rostellum square with a very small mid-lobe; viscidia separate and held in shallow notches in the rostellum side lobes; staminodes minute; anther erect, 2-celled; stigma 2-lobed, the lobes sessile, slightly convex, diverging from the base.

Worldwide: A monotypic genus endemic to eastern Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

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drummondii H.P. Linder & G. Will.[End][VU]EDescription

Other sources of information about Oligophyton:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Oligophyton
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Oligophyton
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Oligophyton
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Oligophyton
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Oligophyton
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Oligophyton

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Oligophyton.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=414, retrieved 17 July 2018

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