Angraecum pusillum Lindl.

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Synonyms: Angraecum burchellii Rchb. f.
Angraecum sp. (Ball 1065)
Common names:
Status: Native
Dwarf epiphytic herb with a short stem, up to 10 mm. Leaves 4-6, forming a fan, linear, 5.5-12 cm. Inflorescences several, 5-10 cm, arising from the base of the plant. Flowers yellow-green or white, 3-5 mm in diameter. Sepals and petals ovate. lip c. 1.5 mm, very concave. Spur c. 1.1 mm, saccate.
Notes: Note: Although most records of this species from Chimanimani have yellowish green flowers, specimens from South Africa all have white flowers. Therefore, this species seems to differ from A. minus mainly in size of the plant and the flowers. See note 5 for comparison of measurements.
Derivation of specific name: pusillum: insignificant, small, weak
Habitat: In shady places in forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mountains, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 50 - 51. as Angraecum sp. (Ball 1065) (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 78.

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) Page 371.

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.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1958). African orchids XXVI Kew Bulletin 13(2) Page 263.

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

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: Angraecum pusillum., retrieved 15 April 2024

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