Cheirostylis nuda (Thouars) Ormerod

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Synonyms: Cheilostylis sarcopus Schltr.
Cheirostylis gymnochiloides (Ridl.) Rchb. f.
Cheirostylis micrantha Schltr.
Monochilus gymnochiloides Ridl.
Common names:
Frequency: Local and uncommon
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb with a creeping fleshy rhizome. Leaves crowded near base of the stem, slightly obliquely ovate, 4–6 cm long; petiole distinct, c. 2 cm long, sheathing at the base. Flowering stem to c. 35 cm high, usually sparsely hairy but sometimes hairless, with 5–6 sheaths to 15 mm long. Inflorescence 2–6 cm long, fairly densely many-flowered; ovary and bracts usually sparsely glandular-hairy but sometimes hairless. Sepals buff to old-rose coloured; petals and lip translucent-white. Sepals oblong, 3–3.5 mm long, joined in basal half. Petals oblong, 2.5–3 mm long. Lip 2.5–3 mm long, concave at base and often with small outgrowths, constricted at about two thirds of its length, the apical third transversely oblong, 1.5–2 mm wide.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine forest in deep shade in leaf mould.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 760 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 175. As Cheirostylis gymnochiloides

Johnson, S., Bytebier, B, & Stärker H. (2015). Orchids of South Africa, a Field Guide Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 94. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 10 - 11. (Includes a picture).

Linder, H.P. & Kurzweil, H. (1999). Orchids of Southern Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, the Netherlands ISBN 90-5410-445-7 Pages 76 - 77. As Cheirostylis gymnochiloides (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 94. As Cheirostylis gymnochiloides

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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: Species information: Cheirostylis nuda., retrieved 1 February 2023

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