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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to 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 less than 5 mm. long, often appearing leafless.
Morphology Roots
Roots much more prominent than the leaves, dense, flattened on the substrate, 1.5–3 mm. wide.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves linear-elliptic to oblanceolate, acute, 1.5–4 cm. long, 0.3–0.4 cm. wide, dull green.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 7–9 cm. long, secund, densely up to 15-flowered; peduncle 1 cm. long, bearing 3–4 bracts; bracts distichous, funnel-like, 1–1.5 mm. long, blackish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pale green or pale yellow-green with a brown tip to the spur, slightly scented; pedicel and ovary 5–6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal oblong-elliptic, obtuse, 3–5 mm. long, 1.5–1.6 mm. wide; lateral sepals similar.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals lanceolate, obtuse, 2.7–4 mm. long, 1–1.4 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip obscurely 3-lobed at the base, lanceolate, acute, 3.7–4.6 mm. long, 1.5–1.8 mm. wide; side lobes auriculate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur clavate, 4.5–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 1 mm. long; rostellum 3-lobed; stipites 2, short; viscidium 1, linear-elliptic.
Figures
Fig. 149/22.
Habitat
In montane forest, often by streams or on ridges, also in citrus plantations; 1300–2400 m.
Distribution
K4 K5 K6 T2 T3 T6 T7 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Sphyrarhynchus brevilobus (Summerh.) Bytebier appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1976 Bigger, M. [1860], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba K000317010
Dec 14, 1943 Moreau, W.M. [107], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba K000317001
Dec 14, 1943 Moreau, W.M. [304], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba K000317002
Copley, H. [26], Kenya Angraecopsis breviloba 10656.000
Page-Jones, F.M., Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba 10657.000
van Someren, C. [3653], Kenya Angraecopsis breviloba 10658.000
Piers, F. [2A], Kenya Angraecopsis breviloba 12320.000
Archer, P.G. [AS1], Kenya Angraecopsis breviloba 14633.000
Saska, L. [107], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba 14994.000
Protzen, G., Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba 44763.000
Angraecopsis breviloba 663.000
Moreau, R.E. [304], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba 8673.000 Unknown type material
Drummond, R.B. [1689], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba 8674.000
Bridson, D.M. [580], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba K000317006
Mainwaring, D.C. [3104], Kenya Angraecopsis breviloba K000316996
Pocs, T. [87217], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba K000317007
Abdallah, R. [130], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba K000317013
Beesley, J.S.S. [260], Kenya Angraecopsis breviloba K000317011
Khayota, B. [120], Kenya Angraecopsis breviloba K000316997
Moreau, W.M. [593], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba K000317000
Drummond, R.B. [1689], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba K000317005
Moreau, W.M. [815], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba K000317003
Beentje, H.J. [2941], Kenya Angraecopsis breviloba K000317008
Rodgers [2414], Tanzania Angraecopsis breviloba K000317012
Gregory, J.W. [s.n.], Kenya Angraecopsis breviloba K000317009
Someren, C.G.V. [3635], Kenya Angraecopsis breviloba K000316998
Smart, J.B. [9], Kenya Angraecopsis breviloba K000316999

First published in Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 186: 12 (2018 publ. 2017)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0