FZ.25. Didymoplexis Griff.

Description of the genus

Holomycotrophic (formerly often wrongly referred to as saprophytic)terrestrial herbs, lacking leaves and chlorophyll. Roots tuberous. Stems erect, simple. Inflorescence a terminal raceme. Flowers small. Tepals connate for c.1/2 of their length, forming a tube. Lip free from tepals; spur 0. Pollinia 4. Pedicels elongating rapidly after fertilisation.

Comment: There are no species of Didymoplexis known from Zimbabwe but specimens belonging to a fairly recently described species in Gastrodia, another Holomycotrophic genus, used to be wrongly identified as Didymoplexis africa in literature.

Worldwide: c. 20 species in the Old World tropics; mostly in Asia but one in tropical Africa, one in South Africa and one in Madagascar.

Zimbabwe: 0 taxa.

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Flora of Malawi: Didymoplexis
Flora of Mozambique: Didymoplexis

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Didymoplexis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Didymoplexis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Didymoplexis
Wikipedia: Didymoplexis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Didymoplexis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Didymoplexis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Didymoplexis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=425, retrieved 4 February 2023

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