Angraecopsis trifurca (Rchb. f.) Schltr.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphytic or lithophytic herb, with a very short stem. Leaves c. 4, 12-21 cm long and linear. Inflorescence 6-7 flowered. Flowers deep cream to light brown. Lip 3-lobed in the basal half; side lobes shorter than mid-lobe; spur 13-16 mm long.
Notes: This species is, in Zimbabwe, known only from an old record from the Nyahode Valley, south of the Chimanimani Mts (A.O. Crook 398, 1951). It is otherwise known from the Comoro Islands, more than 2000 km away. It has not been found again.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In evergreen forest on trees and mossy boulders in deep shade.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Comoro Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Extinct?
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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) Page 398.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 117.

Rasmussen, F.N. (1978). Observations on the genus Angraecopsis (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 25 Pages 138 - 143. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Angraecopsis trifurca., retrieved 4 October 2023

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