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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Somalia to E. Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur filiform, pendent, 6–7 cm long.
Distribution
S3; Kenya, Tanzania
Ecology
Altitude: less than 50 m.
Note
First record for Somalia.
Morphology General Habit
Epiphytic herb with up to 1 m long scandent leafy stem; roots produced all along the stem, elongate, branching, used for climbing
Morphology Leaves
Leaves widely apart, coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate or lanceolate, unequally acutely bilobed at apex, 1.5–3 x 0.5–1.3 cm, sheathing, articulated
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences several, 4–6 cm long, laxly 4–6-flowered, spreading
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, fragrant; pedicel and ovary 1–2 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Dorsal sepal 3 x 1.5–2 mm; lateral petals subequal; lip narrowly 3-lobed in the apical half, 10 x 10 mm

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A scandent epiphyte climbing by its roots; stems up to 1 m. long, 1.5–3 mm. in diameter, glossy bright brown.
Morphology Roots
Roots numerous, all along the stem, flexuous, branching.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 1–2.5 cm. apart, oblong-lanceolate, lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate, unequally acutely bilobed at the apex, 1.5–3 cm. long, 0.5–1.3 cm. wide, sap-green, twisted at the base and articulated to sheaths 1–1.2 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences spreading, 4–6 cm. long, laxly 4–6-flowered; bracts amplexicaul, broadly ovate, obtuse or truncate, 3–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, sweetly scented; pedicel and ovary 1–2 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal oblong-elliptic, obtuse or apiculate, 3 mm. long, 1.5–2 mm. wide; lateral sepals obliquely oblong-elliptic, subacute, 4–4.5 mm. long, 1.5–1.7 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals obliquely oblong-lanceolate, subacute or obtuse, 3.5 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 3-lobed in the apical half, narrowly clawed and concave at the base, 10 mm. long and wide; side lobes reflexed, spreading, linear, acute, 4.5–5 mm. long; mid-lobe lanceolate, acute, 3.5 mm. long, 1–1.2 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur filiform, pendent, 6–7 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 1 mm. long; rostellum bifid; viscidium large, reniform; stipes short Pl. 7. Fig. 144.
Habitat
In coastal and lowland bushland; sea-level–300 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere K7 T3 T6 Z

Native to:

Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

Solenangis wakefieldii (Rolfe) P.J.Cribb & J.Stewart appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 19, 1944 Moreau, W.M. [72], Tanzania K000390247
Wakefield, T. [s.n.], Kenya K000306449
Wakefield, T. [s.n.], Kenya K000306450
Wakefield, T. [s.n.], Kenya K000306451
Vaughan, J.H. [2805], Tanzania K000390249
Vaughan, J.H. [2109], Tanzania K000390250
Vaughan, J.H. [2109], Tanzania K000390251
Wingfield, R. [28881], Tanzania K000390248
Vaughan, J.H. [2109], Tanzania K000390252
Vaughan, J.H. [2011], Tanzania K000390253

First published in Kew Bull. 40: 413 (1985)

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 Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by B. Pettersson [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Cribb & J. Stewart in Kew Bulletin 40: 413 (1985).

Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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