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
Description:
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.
Notes:
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:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 February 2014
Literature:

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 228 - 229. (Includes a picture).

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.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 27.

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 452 - 454. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 140. Also as T. fragrans (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).

La Croix, I.F. & La Croix T.M. (1983). Orchids of Bvumbwe The Society of Malawi Journal 36(2) Page 17.

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.

Morris, B. (1967). The epiphytic orchids of Soche Mountain. Historic and Scientific Society of Malawi Journal 20(2) Page 35.

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 117 - 119.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 125.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Pages 85 - 86. (Includes a picture).

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 204 - 205. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.


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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: Tridactyle tricuspis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=119010, retrieved 23 November 2019

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