Schizochilus lepidus Summerh.

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Schizochilus lepidus

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts

Schizochilus lepidus

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts

Schizochilus lepidus

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts

Schizochilus lepidus

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts

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Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb, 15-25 cm high. Leaves 8-2 along the stem, lowermost 2-5, sub-erect, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, 3-8 cm long, the others c. 1 cm long, sheathing. Inflorescence nodding, 2-8 cm long, fairly densely 20-30-flowered; bracts 5-7 mm long. Flowers golden yellow, c. 5 mm in diameter.
Notes: Though not listed in Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe (Mapaura, 2002), this species should be considered a Near-Endemic.
Derivation of specific name: lepidus: pleasant, charming, elegant
Habitat: Montane grassland
Altitude range: (metres) Above 2000 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Border mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Saturday 9 February 2013

Ball, J.S. (2009). Terrestrial African Orchids, A Selected Review. Pages 254 - 255. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 49.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 78.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 70.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 86.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 31 - 34.

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 98.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 389.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1960). African orchids XXVII Kew Bulletin 14(1) Pages 130 - 131. Protologue

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Schizochilus lepidus
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Schizochilus lepidus., retrieved 31 May 2024

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