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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Orchidaceae, I. la Croix & P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:2. 1998

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf or small monopodial epiphytic herbs.
Morphology Stem
Stems short, covered by imbricate sheathing leaf bases.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves distichous, fleshy or coriaceous, articulated to the sheathing leaf bases.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, few- to several-flowered; peduncle slender, wiry.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, pale green or pale yellow.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals and petals free, subequal; lip entire or 3-lobed, spurred, usually ecallose; spur wide-mouthed, tapering.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column short; rostellum pendent, 3-lobed, the outer lobes papillate and much longer than the mid-lobe; pollinia 2, globose, sulcate; stipites 2, linear, slender; viscidia 2.

[FTEA]

Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf or small monopodial epiphytic herbs
Morphology Stem
Stems short, covered by imbricate sheathing leaf-bases
Morphology Leaves
Leaves distichous, fleshy or coriaceous, articulated to sheathing leaf-bases
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, 2–several-flowered; peduncles slender, wiry
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers small to medium-sized, white, pale green or pale yellow
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals free, subequal, spreading or subconnivent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip entire or 3-lobed, spurred at the base, usually ecallose; spur tapering from a broad mouth
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column short; rostellum pendent, 3-lobed, with outer lobes much longer than the mid-lobe and papillate; pollinia 2, globose, sulcate; stipites 2, linear, slender; viscidia 2, rarely adherent, oblong or squamiform.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Mystacidium Lindl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 26, 2017 Holmes [088] 31185.000
Hall, A.V. [895], South Africa 27909.000
Leakey, C.L.A., Uganda 33283.000

First published in Companion Bot. Mag. 2: 205 (1837)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2014). Genera Orchidacearum 6: 1-544. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Rolfe in F.C. 5, 3: 75 (1912).
  • Senghas in Schlechter, Die Orchideen, ed. 3: 1120 (1986).
  • in Companion Bot. Mag. 2: 206 (1837).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Rolfe in FI. Cap. 5(3): 75 (1912)
  • Senghas in Schltr., Die Orchideen, ed. 3: 1120 (1986)
  • in Hook., Comp. Bot. Mag. 2: 206(1836)

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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