Tridactyle filifolia (Schltr.) Schltr. 1918 Drawing by Cherry Ann Lavrih/Cribb

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Thread Leaved Tridactyle

Flower Size .2" to .35" [5 to 7 mm]

Found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Congo, Zaire, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in rainforests at elevations of 850 to 1600 meters as a small to large sized, warm to cool, pendent growing epiphyte with a few branching stem carrying suerect to falcate, terete, usually gooved on the upper side leaves that blooms in the late spring on all along the stem, .8 to .32" [2 to 8 mm] long, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with amplexicaul, triangular floral bracts.

Synonyms *Angraecum filifolium Schltr. 1900; Listrostachys linearifolia De Wild. 1903; Tridactyle linearifolia (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; Tridactyle tridentata var. subulifolia Summerh. 1948

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Malawi Orchids Vol 1 La Croix 1983; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Vol 3 Cribb 1989 drawing fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 Photo ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rassmusen 2004; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006