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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mozambique 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
Short-stemmed epiphytic herb.
Morphology Roots
Roots numerous, relatively stout, 3–4 mm in diameter, grey-green with white streaks.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 2–4, 1.5–6.5 × 0.6–1 cm, elliptic to oblanceolate, unequally 2-lobed at the apex, rather fleshy.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 1.5–8 cm long, fairly densely several-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel and Ovary
Pedicel and ovary 9–11 mm long, slender.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts very short.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal 5–8 × 2–2.5 mm, lanceolate, obtuse, erect; lateral sepals 4–6 × 1.5–2 mm, ± spathulate, spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 4–5 × 1–1.5 mm, triangular, subacute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 4–6 × 1.5–2 mm, lanceolate, acute, entire; spur 3–4.5 cm long, slender, tapering from a wide mouth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column c. 1 mm long.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland

Mystacidium venosum Harv. ex Rolfe appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Hall, A.V. [940], South Africa 27901.000
Hedop-Harrison, J., South Africa 35108.000
Saunders, K. [s.n.], South Africa K000306389
Saunders, K. [s.n.], South Africa K000306390
Saunders, K. [s.n.], South Africa K000306391
Flanagan [1369], South Africa K000306392

First published in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5(3): 79 (1912)

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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