Tridactyle anthomaniaca (Rchb. f.) Summerh. 1948

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower

Photo by Guy Ramette Vovan and his Gabon Orchids Website

Part shadeWarm to Cool Fall

Common Name The Floriferous Tridactyle

Flower Size 1/2" [1.23 cm]

Found in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cameroons, Equatorial Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Islands , Central African Republic, Rwanda, Zaire, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique as a medium sized, pendant, warm to cool growing, monopodial epiphyte in high rainfall woodlands and at the margins of evergreen forests at elevations of 640 to 1550 meters with a long, pendant, often branched, leafy stem carrying distichous,linear to narrowly oblong, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically, rather fleshy, olive green leaves that are baslly twisted as to all face the same direction that blooms in the fall on a 2 to 4 flowered, 1/4 to 5/8" [10 to 15 mm] long inflorescence arising from along the stem. This species is best accomodated by mounting on tree fern or cork as it is a pendant grower and needs warm to cool temperatures as well as moderate shade, ample water and fertilizer while in growth and a lessening as it matures and enters the resting season.

Synonyms Angraecum lepidotum Rchb.f. ex Rolfe 1897; Angraecum trachyrrhizum Schltr. 1899; Angraecum wittmackii Kraenzl. 1897; *Listrostachys anthomaniaca Rchb. f. 1877; Listrostachys wittmackii (Kraenzl.) Rolfe 1897; Rhaphidorhynchus lepidotus (Rchb.f. ex Rolfe) Finet 1907; Summerhayesia rwandensis Geerinck 1988; Tridactyle lepidota (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1918; Tridactyle trachyrrhiza (Schltr.) Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 #10 1963 as Tlepidota; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; The Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo good; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Summerhaysia rwandensis; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 drawing/photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 as Summerhayesia rwandensis; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide