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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A straggling epiphyte with a branching, slightly compressed stem, 4–60 cm. long, ± 3 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Roots
Roots verrucose, 1–1.5 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves distichous, coriaceous, linear, unequally obtusely bilobed, 3.8–6 cm. long, 0.4–0.7 cm. wide, twisted at the base and articulated to verrucose leaf-sheaths, 5–8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences (1–)2-flowered; peduncle 2.5–2.7 cm. long; bracts triangular-ovate, acute, 1.5–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers stellate, white; pedicel and ovary 18–20 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals linear-lanceolate, acuminate, 17–31 mm. long, 2–4 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals linear, long-acuminate, 21–31 mm. long, 1–3 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip concave, ovate-subcircular, 9–11 mm. long, 10–11 mm. wide, with a 3.5–9 mm. long apicule.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur decurved at the base, upcurved at the apex, slenderly cylindrical, 3.5–5 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 2–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 2–3 cm. long.
Figures
Pl. 5.
Habitat
In montane forest; 1250–2400 m.
Distribution
K4 K6 T3 T6 T7

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Epiphytic herb; stem elongated, to c. 60 cm long, often branched.
Morphology Roots
Roots 1–2 mm in diameter, grey, verrucose.
Morphology Stem
Basal part of stem covered with old leaf sheaths, black-dotted.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves several, borne towards apex of the stem, distichous, dark green, 4–6 cm × 4–7 mm, linear, unequally and obtusely 2-lobed at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences arising opposite leaf axils, 1–2-flowered. Peduncle c. 25 mm long; pedicel and ovary c. 20 mm long; bracts 1.5–5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals 16–30 × 2–4 mm, linear-lanceolate, long acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 9–11 × 10–12 mm, very concave with a central keel, sub-orbicular with an apiculum 3.5–9 mm long; spur tapering, 3–5 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 2–3 mm long.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Angraecum conchiferum Lindl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Davis, H.F., Mozambique 10164.000
Wild, H. [3622], Zimbabwe 11977.000
Morris, B. [BM5A], Malawi 25228.000
Morris, B. [54a], Malawi 28339.000
South Africa 32641.000
Zimbabwe 42492.000
Tanner, L. [T177], Tanzania 45317.000
Drege [8268], South Africa K000362888
Rchb.f. [s.n.] K000362889

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

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Liltved, W.R. & Johnson, S.D. (2012). The Cape orchids. A regional monograph of the orchids of the Cape floristic region 2: 485-1022. Sandstone editions, Cape Town.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Ball, S. Afr. Epiphytic Orch.: 58 (1978).
  • Bolus, Ic. Orch. Austr-Afr. 2, t. 4 (1911).
  • J. Stewart in A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 785 (1974).
  • Lindl. in Hook., Comp. Bot. Mag. 2: 205 (1837).
  • Piers, Orch. E. Afr., ed. 2: 229 (1968).
  • Rolfe in Fl. Cap. 5(3): 70 (1912).
  • Schltr. in Beih. Bot. Centr. 36: 170 (1918).
  • Summerh. in Kew Bulletin 13: 275 (1958).

Flora Zambesiaca
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