Tridactyle tridactylites (Rolfe) Schltr.

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Tridactyle tridactylites

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Nyamhingura Bridge, EH Tea Estates, Honde Valley

Tridactyle tridactylites

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamhingura Bridge, EH Tea Estates, Honde Valley

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Synonyms: Tridactyle ledermanniana (Kraenzl.) Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Epiphytic or lithophytic herbs, sometimes growing in abundance, covering entire rocks or trees. Stems long and straggling, up to 1.5 m. Leaves borne on the apical part of the stem, linear, unequally lobed at the apex, up to 18 cm. Inflorescences mostly along the older parts of the stem, stiffly pointing downwards, c.10-flowered. Flowers straw-coloured. Lip 3-lobed; side lobes filiform mostly entire.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In evergreen and riverine forest at lower altitudes
Altitude range: (metres) 450 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Monday 8 January 2007

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 449 - 451. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 141 - 142. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 293. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 142.

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Flora of Malawi: Tridactyle tridactylites
Flora of Mozambique: Tridactyle tridactylites
Flora of Zambia: Tridactyle tridactylites

External websites:

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

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 tridactylites., retrieved 20 July 2018

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