Aeranthes parkesii G. Will.

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Epiphytic herb. Stem short, covered in old leaf bases. Leaves up to 6, lanceolate, up to 17 cm long. Inflorescences arising from the base of the stem, up to 20 cm long, simple or rarely branched with single flowers per inflorescence branch. Flowers greenish-cream, translucent, darker at the apices of tepals and spur. Lip almost square with an apical point and a very wavy margin. Spur conical, pendent, c. 10 mm long.
Notes: Fewer than 250 mature individuals are known but it may have been overlooked. The area is under severe threat from encroaching agricultural settlers and the species is listed as Critically endangered.
Derivation of specific name: parkesii: named after Mr Duncan Parkes, who collected the type and flowered it in cultivation.
Habitat: Forest
Altitude range: (metres) 800 m (approx)
Flowering time:Feb
Worldwide distribution: Known only from one locality in tropical forest in the Honde Valley on the slopes of Mt. Nyangani.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 166.

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 367 - 368. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 128.

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.

Williamson, G. (1990). New Orchids from the Flora Zambesiaca Region Kirkia 13(2) Pages 250 - 251. Protologue (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aeranthes parkesii
African Plant Database: Aeranthes parkesii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aeranthes parkesii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aeranthes parkesii
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aeranthes parkesii
JSTOR Plant Science: Aeranthes parkesii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aeranthes parkesii
Plants of the World Online: Aeranthes parkesii
Tropicos: Aeranthes parkesii
Wikipedia: Aeranthes parkesii

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: Aeranthes parkesii., retrieved 20 June 2024

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