Chaseella pseudohydra Summerh.

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Chaseella pseudohydra

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Inconspicuous dwarf epiphyte with small pseudobulbs, spaced along a creeping rhizome. Leaves needle-like in a rosette crowning each pseudobulb. Flowers solitary on a long. thin stalk, arising from the base of the pseudobulbs, c. 1 mm in diameter, pinkish-red with straw-coloured petals. Lip mobile, recurved. Spur absent.
Notes: The Haroni subpopulation seems to be stable but the habitat in Honde is seriously threatened by agriculture. Recent searches have been unable to locate it.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 350 - 900 m
Flowering time:Apr
Worldwide distribution: Recorded once from Kenya and more recently in Rwanda; otherwise only in Zimbabwe in the Honde and Haroni Valleys.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Endangered
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 94 - 95. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 323.

Fischer, E., Killmann, D., Delepierre, G. & Lebel, J-P. (2010). The Orchids of Rwanda Koblenz Geographical Colloquia Series Biogeographical Monographs 2 Pages 154 - 155. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 167.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 79.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 50.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 291 - 292. (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.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 36.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1960). A new Genus of Orchids from Southern Rhodesia Kirkia 1 Pages 88 - 89.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chaseella pseudohydra
African Plant Database: Chaseella pseudohydra
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chaseella pseudohydra
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chaseella pseudohydra
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Chaseella pseudohydra
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iNaturalist: Chaseella pseudohydra
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chaseella pseudohydra
JSTOR Plant Science: Chaseella pseudohydra
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chaseella pseudohydra
Plants of the World Online: Chaseella pseudohydra
Tropicos: Chaseella pseudohydra
Wikipedia: Chaseella pseudohydra

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: Chaseella pseudohydra., retrieved 21 April 2024

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