Acampe pachyglossa Rchb. f.

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Acampe pachyglossa

Photo: Petra Ballings
Nyamakari River bridge, Burma Valley

Acampe pachyglossa

Photo: Petra Ballings
Nyamakari River bridge, Burma Valley

Acampe pachyglossa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Acampe mombasensis Rendle
Acampe nyassana Schltr.
Acampe praemorsa sensu Stewart et al.
Saccolabium pachyglossum (Rchb. f.) Rolfe
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Robust erect epiphytic herb. Stem woody, up to 50 cm. Leaves in 4 to 8 pairs, up to 20 cm, fleshy. Inflorescences from the leaf axils. Flowers fleshy, 2 cm across, sweetly scented, creamy yellow with red-brown spots; lip white.
Notes: This species is very similar to A. praemorsa from India, and they have sometimes been considered conspecific.
Derivation of specific name: pachyglossa: thick-tongued, referring to the fleshy lip.
Habitat: Woodland and riverine forest at low altitudes
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Congo to Kenya and south to South Africa. Also on Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles and the Mascarene Islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 24 August 2006

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 128.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 49.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 363 - 365. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 14 - 15. as Acampe praemorsa (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 234. as Acampe praemorsa (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 130.

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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: Acampe pachyglossa., retrieved 26 June 2019

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