!Lemurella culicifera (Rchb.f.) H.Perrier 1941

Photo courtesy of Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Part shadeWarmCoolSpring

Common Name The Mosquito Carrying Lemurella

Flower Size 3/8" [.9 cm]

Found in the Comoros Islands and western Madagascar at sealevel to 700 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a thin, compressed, curved or pendant stem carrying 2 to 12, size and shape variable, obovate-oblong, oblong-lingulate or oblanceolate-cuniform leaves that are somewhat emarginate apically and blooms on many, not longer or just slightly than the leaves [1 to 4"], thin, simple, very loose, 5 to 12 flowered inflorescence with scarious, thin, acute bracts that are a third of the length of the pedicel.

Synonyms Angraecum ambongense Schltr. 1913; *Angraecum culiciferum Rchb. f. 1804; Beclardia humbertii H.Perrier 1951; Lemurella ambongensis (Schltr.) Schltr. 1925; Oeonia culicifera (Rchb.f.) Finet 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1981; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide ; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo

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