Tridactyle tricuspis (Bolus) Schltr.

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Tridactyle tricuspis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Tridactyle tricuspis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Tridactyle tricuspis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Tridactyle tricuspis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Angraecum rhodesianum Rendle
Tridactyle fragrans G. Will.
Tridactyle rhodesiana (Rendle) Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Common in higher rainfall areas
Status: Native
Epiphyte with 8 -10 leaves forming a fan, the bottom parts clasping a short stem. A number of inflorescences arise just above the roots, each spike carrying two rows of pale creamy green flowers, which point outwards. Each flower measures about 11 mm across and has a 3-lobed, crucifix-shaped lip.
Derivation of specific name: tricuspis: refers to the three sharply pointed lobes of the lip
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 2250 m
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 February 2014

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 232 - 233. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 336.

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 452 - 454. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 292. also as Tridactyle fragrans (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Tridactyle tricuspis
Flora of Mozambique: Tridactyle tricuspis
Flora of Zambia: Tridactyle tricuspis

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

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: Tridactyle tricuspis., retrieved 19 March 2018

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