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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A dwarf epiphyte with a very short stem 10 mm. long.
Morphology Roots
Roots many, clustered, fine, less than 1 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3–5, rather fleshy, obovate, unequally roundly bilobed at the apex, 1.3–5 cm. long, 0.4–1 cm. wide, articulated at the base to short leaf-bases.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences pendent, 1–several, 4–7-flowered; peduncle very fine, wiry, terete; rhachis zigzag, very fine; bracts ± 6 mm. apart, amplexicaul, ovate, subacute, 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white with a green anther and glaucous ovary; pedicel and ovary slender, straight, 12–18 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal elliptic, obtuse, 6–7 mm. long, 2.5–3.7 mm. wide; lateral sepals spreading, elliptic, obtuse, 6–7.5 mm. long, 3–3.5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals subporrect, obliquely ovate, subacute, 5.5–7 mm. long, 3.5–5.1 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip deeply concave, transversely cordate, obtuse, 4.5–5.5 mm. long, 6–8 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur tapering from a broad mouth, slightly dilated at the apex, 12–15 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 0.7–1 mm. long; rostellum trifid, papillose, pendent, mid-lobe shorter than the outer lobes; stipites 2, linear; viscidia 2, elliptic, adherent.
Habitat
In upland rain-forest; 1700–2400 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere T7

Native to:

Tanzania

Mystacidium pulchellum (Kraenzl.) Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 26, 2007 Mwangoka, M.A. [5162], Tanzania K000718739
Polhill, R. [1450], Tanzania 24622.000
Keeley, P., Tanzania 50548.000
de Leyser, E. [212], Tanzania 52515.000
Polhill, R.M. [1450], Tanzania 6264.000
Lovett, J. [1243], Tanzania K000284727
Lewis, B.A. [1406], Tanzania K000284732
Keeley, P.A. [s.n.], Tanzania K000284729
Polhill, R.M. [1450], Tanzania K000284731
Polhill, R.M. [1450], Tanzania K000284730
Lovett, J. [1455], Tanzania K000284726
Rodgers [1455], Tanzania K000284728

First published in Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 126 (1918)

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

  • Schltr. in Beih. Bot. Centr. 36: 126 (1918).

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