Stolzia repens (Rolfe) Summerh.
var. obtusa G. Will.

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Stolzia repens var. obtusa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

Stolzia repens var. obtusa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

Stolzia repens var. obtusa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

Stolzia repens var. obtusa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

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Synonyms: Stolzia sp. no. 2 (Ball 1398), Grosvenor in Excelsa 6: 86 (1976); Ball: 214 (1978).
Common names:
Frequency: Local and rare
Status: Native
This variety differs from Stolzia repens var. repens in the more rounded shape of the petals and sepals, and dark red-brown flowers with lighter stripes on the petals and sepals. It often has slightly larger and less succulent leaves, possibly due to its moister and more sheltered habitat in montane evergreen forest.
Derivation of specific name: repens: creeping
Habitat: In forest
Altitude range: (metres) 1800 - 1850 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Only known from Mt Mulanje, Malawi and Castle Beacon Vumba, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
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Images last updated: Monday 12 August 2019

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 214 - 215. As Stolzia sp. no. 2 (Ball 1398) (Includes a picture).

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 86. As Stolzia sp. no. 2

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 52.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 290 - 291.

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 141 - 142.

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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: Stolzia repens var. obtusa., retrieved 14 April 2024

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