Tridactyle anthomaniaca (Rchb. f.) Summerh. 1948 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of 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 ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide

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