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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe 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
Epiphytic herb.
Morphology Stem
Stem short, up to 2 cm long.
Morphology Roots
Roots very numerous, up to 20 cm long, 1–1.5 mm in diameter, light grey, unbranched, many hanging free and not attached to the substrate.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves few, sometimes absent (when the plant has the appearance of Microcoelia), 11–35 × 2–5 mm, oblanceolate, with a petiolate base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences pendent, 2–4 per plant, 4–8 cm long, 6–10-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel and Ovary
Pedicel and ovary 8–10 mm long, very slender.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts sheathing, 2–3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish-white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal erect, 4–5 × 1 mm, lanceolate; lateral sepals spreading, 4–6 × 1 mm, obliquely spathulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals similar to dorsal sepal but slightly smaller.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 4–5 × 1 mm, narrowly triangular; spur 18–23 mm long, tapering from a wide mouth to become very slender.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

Mystacidium gracile Harv. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Greatrex, F.C. [29831], Zimbabwe 23972.000
Hall, A.V. [717], South Africa 30093.000
South Africa 51064.000
Cooper, T. [271], South Africa K000306396
Cooper, T. [271], South Africa K000306397
Wood, J.M. [s.n.], South Africa K000306398

First published in Thes. Cap. 2: 48 (1863)

Accepted by

  • 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.

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