Tridactyle furcistipes Summerh. 1948

Inflorescence Photos by W Bachmann and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Forked Stipites Tridactyle [refers to the "Y" Shaped stipe]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania in montane forests and in montane scrub at elevations of 2500 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stem carrying falcate-spreading, linear, unequally rounded or bilobed apcially, conduplicate to twisted basally leaves so as to all lie in one plane that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an axillary, 1.8 to 4.4" [4.5 to 11 cm] long, stout, many flowered inflorescence with amplexicaul, broadly ovate, obconical floral bracts and carrying strongly scented flowers.

Similar to T tricuspis but this one has much larger flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1994 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo fide