Solenangis aphylla (Thouars) Summerh.

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Solenangis aphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloud Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza.

Solenangis aphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloud Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza.

Solenangis aphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloud Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza.

Solenangis aphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloud Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza.

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Synonyms: Angraecum aphyllum Thouars
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Status: Native
Scandent or sometimes pendent leafless, epiphytic herb. Stems up to 90 cm long with numerous spreading, pale grey roots up yo 45 cm long. Inflorescences arising along the stem, 1-1.5 cm long, several-flowered. Flowers white with sepals tipped reddish-pink. Lip 2.5-3 mm long, obscurely 3-lobed. Spur 4-5.5 mm long, sharply incurved, somewhat swollen at the apex.
Derivation of specific name: aphylla: without leaves
Habitat: In low-altitude evergreen and riverine forest
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Mascarene Islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 208 - 209. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 52.

Cribb, P.J. (1989). Orchidaceae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 582 - 585.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 86.

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 442 - 444. (Includes a picture).

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 98.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 78. (Includes a picture).

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Solenangis aphylla., retrieved 1 October 2020

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