Mystacidium aliceae Bolus 1911

Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photo by Cameron McMaster

Full Shade CoolSpring THROUGHSummer

Common Name Alice's Mystacidium [South African Orchid Enthusiast late 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southeastern Cape Province and Natal South Africa in coastal forests on twigs and branches at elevations around 500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 2 to 5, linear-lanceolate, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a spreading to pendant, usually several, .6" [1.5 cm] long, densely 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Brieger etal 1986; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation LaCroix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006