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).

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

Ficher, 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
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Chaseella pseudohydra
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Chaseella pseudohydra
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Chaseella pseudohydra
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Chaseella pseudohydra
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chaseella pseudohydra
JSTOR Plant Science: Chaseella pseudohydra
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Chaseella pseudohydra
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Chaseella pseudohydra
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chaseella pseudohydra
Plants of the World Online: Chaseella pseudohydra
The Plant List (version 1.1): Chaseella pseudohydra
Tropicos: Chaseella pseudohydra
Wikipedia: Chaseella pseudohydra

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Chaseella pseudohydra., retrieved 23 September 2019

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