Rangaeris muscicola (Rchb. f.) Summerh.

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Rangaeris muscicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Rangaeris muscicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Rangaeris muscicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Rangaeris muscicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

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Synonyms: Aerangis muscicola Rchb. f.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Robust epiphytic or lithophytic (see photos) herb. Leaves linear, forming a fan on a very short stem. Up to four inflorescences arise from the lower leaf axils, each with up to 15 flowers. The pure white flowers turn apricot-orange with age (see photos). They are about 13 mm across with a long cream coloured spur, up to 8 cm.
Derivation of specific name: muscicola: moss-loving, referring to the preference of this species for moss-covered trees and rocks
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, often on rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Friday 29 September 2006

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 333. (Includes a picture).

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 52.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 440 - 441. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 126 - 127. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 284. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 84.

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Flora of Malawi: Rangaeris muscicola
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Flora of Zambia: Rangaeris muscicola

External websites:

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

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: Rangaeris muscicola.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118940, retrieved 17 July 2019

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