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This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria, Angola to Botswana, SE. KwaZulu-Natal.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FWTA]

Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

Morphology General Habit
A short herb up to 6 in. high
Ecology
In marshes.

[FZ]

Orchidaceae, I. la Croix and P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:1. 1995

Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial herb 7.5–35 cm tall; stem base creeping, upper part erect, leafy; roots short, thick.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 20–47 × 2.5–5 mm, linear, acute, sheathing at the base.
Morphology Stem
Stem pinkish-white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence terminal; rhachis 1–4 cm long, densely few to many-flowered; ovary and pedicel 5 mm long; bracts longer than the flowers, up to 18 mm long at the base of the inflorescence, linear, acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers small, whitish with a yellowish lip; not opening fully.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal 3 × 1.25 mm, convex; lateral sepals 3.5 × 1 mm, ligulate, obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals hyaline, 2.75–3 × 0.75 mm, oblong, acute, forming a hood with the dorsal sepal.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip c. 3 mm long, unguiculate, the base triangular-hastate, the apex linear-ligulate, obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column very short, with a pair of ligulate, retuse arms at the base.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, KwaZulu-Natal, Nigeria

Zeuxine africana Rchb.f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Moll, E. [6008], Botswana 46692.000
Smith, P.A. [2809], Botswana K000057792
Schlechter, R. [3001], South Africa K000057793
Johnson, S.M. [1398], South Africa K000057795
Smith, P.A. [2809], Botswana K000057799
Johnson, S.M. [s.n.], South Africa K000057794
Schlechter, R. [3002], South Africa K000057796 Unknown type material

First published in Flora 50: 103 (1867)

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.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.T.A. 7: 181.
  • in Flora 50: 103 (1867)

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