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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
An epiphyte with 7–18 cm. long stems, 6–8 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Roots
Roots smooth, 2 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves falcate-spreading, linear, unequally roundly bilobed at the apex, 11–18 cm. long, 0.7–1.3 cm. wide, conduplicate or twisted at the base to lie in one plane.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 4.5–11 cm. long; peduncle and rhachis stout; bracts amplexicaul, broadly ovate, obconical, 2–4.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish white or cream fading to orange; pedicel and ovary 3 mm. long, lepidote.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal lanceolate, acuminate, 9.5–11.5 mm. long, 2.5–3.7 mm. wide; lateral sepals falcate, lanceolate, acuminate, 10.5–12 mm. long, 2–3.5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals lanceolate, acuminate, 8.5–10 mm. long, 2–3 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 3-lobed in the apical half, auriculate at the base, 9–12.5 mm. long, 3.5–6.5 mm. wide; side lobes spreading, shorter than the mid-lobe, 1.4–2 mm. long, toothed at the apex; mid-lobe ligulate, acuminate, 4.5–6 mm. long, 0.8–1.2 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur filiform, straight, 14–27 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 2–3 mm. long; stipes Y-shaped.
Habitat
In montane forest of Juniperus and in montane scrub; 2500–2700 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere K3 T2 U1

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Ypsilopus furcistipes (Summerh.) D'haijère & Stévart appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 12, 1947 Chandler [2401], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes K000306511 Unknown type material
Dec 12, 1947 Albrechtsen, W. [183], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes K000382752
Dec 12, 1947 Thomas, A.S. [2953], Uganda Tridactyle furcistipes K000382747
Dec 12, 1947 Harris, W.V. [380], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes K000382750
Dec 12, 1947 Albrechtsen, W. [183], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes K000382751
Piers, F. [P.54], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes 10684.000
Piers, F. [87], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes 12334.000
Copley, H. [116], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes 14959.000
Tridactyle furcistipes 23889.000
Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes 47177.000
Thomas, A.S. [2953A], Uganda Tridactyle furcistipes 8698.000
Tweedie, E.M. [2173], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes 8701.000
Tweedie, E.M. [2173], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes K000382745
Bally, P.R.O. [2538], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes K000382744
Eggeling, W.J. [5813], Uganda Tridactyle furcistipes K000382746
Bally, P.R.O. [2538], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes K000382743
Copley, H. [116], Kenya Tridactyle furcistipes K000382742
Beesley, J.S.S. [261], Tanzania Tridactyle furcistipes K000382749

First published in Taxon 68: 466 (2019)

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
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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