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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (Nguru Mountains).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb up to 25 cm. high; rhizome elongate, creeping and rooting.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 7–9, ovate, decreasing in size up the stem; lamina 3.5–5 cm. long, 1.5–2 cm. broad; petiole up to 2.2 cm. long, broadening at the base to form a membranous sheath; internodes 1.2 cm. at base of stem, decreasing to 2 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Scape
Scape up to 15 cm. long including inflorescence, tomentose, with 2 or 3 acuminate sheaths.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme up to 3 cm. long, with up to 10 flowers; bracts longer than the ovary, up to 1 cm. long, acuminate, tomentose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, at right-angles to the ovary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal ovate, acuminate, 6 mm. long, 3 mm. broad, outer surface tomentose. Lateral sepals free, ovate-oblique, acuminate, 6 mm. long, 2 mm. broad, outer surface tomentose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals connivent with dorsal sepal to form a hood, apices free, ovate-lanceolate, 5.5 mm. long, 1.75 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip:hypochile pandurate, concave, margins involute, 3.5 mm. long, 2 mm. broad, with 2 hooked calli at the base; epichile oblong-lunulate, 3.5 mm. broad, 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 3 mm. long, broadest at the base with 2 small triangular flaps; rostellar arms elongate, straight; pollinia pyriform; caudicle with involute margins; viscidium oval.
Figures
Fig. 47.
Habitat
On rocks in shade on forest floor; 700–1100 m.
Distribution
T6 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Tanzania

Zeuxine lunulata P.J.Cribb & J.Bowden appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Schlieben, H.J. [4066], Tanzania K000242186
Faden, R.B. [368], Tanzania K000390329
Laizer, G. [1572], Tanzania K000395923

First published in Kew Bull. 34: 327 (1979)

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

  • Cribb & Bowden in Kew Bulletin 34: 327, fig. 4 (1979).

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