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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial orchids with underground root-stem tuberoids
Morphology Leaves
Leaves basal, lanceolate, acuminate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence erect, few-flowered
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers relatively showy
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals subsimilar
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip much longer than other segments, flabellate, bilobed, with a basal complex callus and spur united to the ovary
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column short; anther erect, bilocular stigmas very short, sessile.

[O-EM]
General Description

Terrestrial erect or subpendulous herbs arising from an ovoid pubescent tuber. Leaves 5-8, spreading-recurved, spirally arranged in basal half of stem, lanceolate, acuminate, the lowermost two reduced to sheaths. Inflorescence erect-flexuose, few-flowered; peduncle wiry; bracts lanceolate. Flowers glabrous, resupinate in a pendent raceme. Sepals not spreading widely, free, subsimilar. Petals free, similar but slightly shorter. Labellum much larger than the other perianth parts, flabellate, deeply emarginate with a basal cylindrical spur adnate to the ovary; callus verruculose. Column erect; anther loculi parallel; pollinia two, granular, clavate; viscidia two, small; stigmas short, oblong, papillose; rostellum obscure. (PC).

Distribution

A monospecific genus confined to the Nguru Mountains of eastern Tanzania. (PC).

Ecology

The Tanzanian endemic T. albo-lutea grows in montane grassland in the Nguru Mountains where it occurs on steep rocky slopes near the summit with other orchids such as Neobenthamia gracilis Rolfe and the endemic Polystachya canaliculata Summerh. Thulinia albo-lutea flowers in June (Cribb and Stewart 1985). (RN).

Native to:

Tanzania

Thulinia P.J.Cribb appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 40: 401 (1985)

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. (2001). Orchidoideae (Part 1) Genera Orchidacearum 2: 1-416. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • in K.B. 40: 401 (1985)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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