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Angraecum chimanimaniense
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Angraecum chimanimaniense
Angraecum chimanimaniense

Kingdom

Plantae

Division

Magnoliophyta

Class

Liliopsida

Order

Asparagales

Family

Orchidaceae

Subfamily

Vandoïdeae Endlicher

Tribe

Vandaeae Lindley

Subtribe

Angraecinae Summerhayes

Alliance

Angraecum

Genus

Angraecum

Genus Abreviation

Angcm

Common Name

 

Section

 

Species

Angraecum chimanimaniense

Authority

G.Will.

Source

Kew Bull. 51: 557 (1996). TAB. 124, B1-B7. Type: Zimbabwe, Chimanimani Mts., Ball 1255 (SRGH, holotype).

Synonyms

- Angraecum sp. (Ball 412), of Ball, South. African Epiphyt. Orch.: 60 (1978).
- Angraecum sp. near mauritianum Goodier & Phipps in Kirkia 1: 54 (1961).
- Angraecum sp. no. 1 of Grosvenor in Excelsa 6: 78 (1976).

Etymology

 

Distribution

Zimbabwe E: Chimanimani Mts., 1800 m, fl. 1.xii.1954, Ball 412 (SRGH); on mossy rocks under Philippia, 1.ii.1973, Ball 1255 (SRGH).
Vumba, Stapleford

Range

Endemic to the Chimanimani Mts

Altitude

c.1800 m (Chimanimani)

Habitat

In riverine forest

Life Form

Epiphytic or lithophytic

Flowers

7 cm

Flowering time

Nov - Dec

Fragrance

 

Description

Epiphytic or lithophytic herb; stem elongated, to c. 15 cm long, sometimes branched.Roots mainly arising near base of stem, 1.2-3 mm in diameter, verrucose.Leaves several, distichous, 7-11 cm × 4 mm, linear, obtuse at the apices, triangular in cross section to subterete, dark green, the upper surface punctate.Inflorescence single-flowered.Pedicel and ovary to 5 cm long; bracts up to 5 × 2.5 mm, lanceolate, acuminate.Flowers resupinate, c. 7 cm in diameter, fleshy, white, slightly tinged with green and straw-colour.Sepals 35-40 × 5-6 mm, narrowly lanceolate, acute; lateral sepals falcate towards the base and enclosing the base of the spur.Petals to 35 × 4 mm, narrowly lanceolate, acute, somewhat reflexed.Lip to 40 × 16 mm, narrowly ovate, long acute, concave; spur 10-14 cm long, very slender, pendent.

Notes

It is not an easily cultivated species with short-lived flowers. It is rare and occurs in small subpopulations.

Links

FZ volume:11 part:2 (1998) Orchidaceae by I. la Croix & P.J. Cribb

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