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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
An epiphytic herb with a short spreading leafy stem up to 5 cm. long.
Morphology Roots
Roots slender, 1 mm. in diameter, elongate.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves falcate, linear, unequally obtusely bilobed at the apex, 12–18 cm. long, 1.3–2 cm. wide, articulated to a sheathing leaf-base and twisted to lie in one plane.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences pendent, densely 5–8-flowered, 6–9 cm. long; peduncle slender, wiry; bracts ovate, amplexicaul, 1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, stellate but not opening widely; pedicel and ovary 8–10 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal elliptic, acute, 7 mm. long, 3.5 mm. wide; lateral sepals obliquely lanceolate, acuminate, 8 mm. long, 2 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals decurrent on the column-foot, ovate, acute, 7 mm. long, 3.5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip ovate, shortly apiculate, obscurely 3-lobed, 7 mm. long, 6 mm. wide; side lobes erect, rounded; mid-lobe broadly ovate; callus a longitudinal narrow ridge from the base to the base of the midlobe.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur slenderly cylindrical from a broad mouth, incurved, 20 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 2 mm. long; rostellum 3-lobed, 2 mm. long, with lobes papillate and subequal; pollinia 2, each attached by a linear stipe to an ovate viscidium.
Habitat
Epiphyte in mossy montane forest in valley; 2000 m.
Distribution
known only from the type collection T6

Native to:

Tanzania

Mystacidium nguruense P.J.Cribb appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Pócs, T. [89052/C], Tanzania K000306401 holotype
Pócs, T. [89052/C], Tanzania K000306402 holotype

First published in Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Orchid.(3): 596 (1989)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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/
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