Calyptrochilum christyanum (Rchb. f.) Summerh.

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Calyptrochilum christyanum

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Calyptrochilum christyanum

Photo: Bart Wursten

Calyptrochilum christyanum

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Robust epiphytic herb, occasionally recorded as a lithophyte. Plants develop a mostly unbranched stem, which stands out horizontally or somewhat pendent from the host tree. Leaves all along the stem, fleshy, distichous. Inflorescences in the leaf axils on the underside of the stem, c. 5-7-flowered. Flowers white with a greenish-yellow throat, lemon scented. Sepals and petals similar, ovate-elliptic. Lip 3-lobed with rounded side lobes. Spur greenish with a wide mouth, constricted in the middle, the spherical apex often at right angle to the base of the spur.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In woodland and riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 11 February 2006

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Page 248. (Includes a picture).

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 50.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 403 - 405. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 59. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 260. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Calyptrochilum christyanum
Flora of Mozambique: Calyptrochilum christyanum
Flora of Zambia: Calyptrochilum christyanum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Calyptrochilum christyanum
African Plant Database: Calyptrochilum christyanum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Calyptrochilum christyanum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Calyptrochilum christyanum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Calyptrochilum christyanum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Calyptrochilum christyanum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Calyptrochilum christyanum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Calyptrochilum christyanum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Calyptrochilum christyanum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Calyptrochilum christyanum
Ispot Southern Africa: Calyptrochilum christyanum
JSTOR Plant Science: Calyptrochilum christyanum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Calyptrochilum christyanum
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Calyptrochilum christyanum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Calyptrochilum christyanum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Calyptrochilum christyanum
Tropicos: Calyptrochilum christyanum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Calyptrochilum christyanum., retrieved 16 July 2018

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