Tridactyle inflata Summerh.

This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
An epiphyte forming dense clumps with stems 12–20 cm. or more long, 5 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Roots
Roots 1.5–2 mm. long, verrucose.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves linear, unequally obtusely or roundly bilobed at the apex, 5–7.3 cm. long, 0.6–0.8 cm. wide, articulated to sheaths 8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences up to 11 mm. long, 3-flowered; bracts ovate-cupulate, amplexicaul, ± 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pale sea-green with an orange column, with a slight diurnal scent; pedicel and ovary 5–6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal oblong-elliptic, obtuse, 3.5–4 mm. long, 1.5–1.8 mm. wide; lateral sepals obliquely oblong, obtuse, 3.7–4 mm. long, 2–2.3 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals oblong, obtuse, 3.5–3.8 mm. long, 1.3–1.5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip flabellate, obscurely 3-lobed at the apex, 3 mm. long, 3.1–3.3 mm. wide, auriculate at the base; side lobes triangular, several-toothed on the apical margin; mid-lobe shortly triangular, 0.7–0.8 mm. long, 1.2–1.3 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur straight, clavate, 5.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 1–1.2 mm. long.
Habitat
Epiphyte on thorn and Combretum trees in mist zone; 1600–1800 m.
Distribution
T2 known only from the type collection

Native to:

Tanzania

Tridactyle inflata Summerh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Dec 8, 1947 Elliot, H. [326], Tanzania K000306476 Unknown type material Yes
Elliot, H., Tanzania 8702.000 Unknown type material No
Elliot, H. [326], Tanzania K000306477 Unknown type material Yes

First published in Kew Bull. 3: 291 (1948)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Summerh. in Kew Bulletin 3: 291 (1948).

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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 2022. 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 2022. 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