1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Aeranthes Lindl.
      1. Aeranthes africana J.Stewart

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe (Vumba Mountains).

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Dwarf epiphytic herb; stem short, woody 2–4 cm long, covered with old leaf bases and remains of inflorescences.
    Leaves
    Leaves distichous, 4–7 cm × 4–8 mm, linear-ligulate, unequally and obtusely 2-lobed at the apex, articulated above the sheathing base, leathery.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence (floral axis) erect or patent, of similar length to the leaves, single-flowered.
    Peduncles
    Peduncle slender, with 5–9 brownish sheaths 3–4 mm long.
    Bracts
    Bract 3–4 mm long, shorter than ovary and pedicel.
    Flowers
    Flowers whitish.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal 7×3–4 mm, ovate, shortly acuminate; lateral sepals similar but slightly longer and somewhat oblique.
    Corolla
    Petals 4–5 × 2 mm, ovate, acuminate.
    Labellum
    Lip 4 × 3 mm, ± rhomboid with a very small apiculum; spur 3 mm long, straight, tapering.
    Column
    Column 1 mm high; column foot 2 mm long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Zimbabwe

    Aeranthes africana J.Stewart appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Ball, J.S. [1283], Zimbabwe K000306601 isotype

    First published in Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 47: 720 (1978)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0