Tridactyle tridentata (Harv.) Schltr. 1915

Plant and Flower in situ Zimbabwe Photo by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Common Name The Three Fingered Tridactyle

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Cape and Natal states of South Africa as a miniature to medium sized, warm growing epiphyte on branches of larger trees at elevations around 1600 meters with erect to pendant, branched stems carrying suberect, to falcate, terete, or cylindric, grooved on top leaves that blooms in the spring on several short, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, 4 to 5 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Angraecum bolusii Rolfe 1912; Angraecum goetzeanum Kraenzl. 1901; Angraecum hislopii Rolfe 1920; *Angraecum tridentatum Harv. 1863; Tridactyle bolusii (Rolfe) Schltr. 1915; Tridactyle goetzeana (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1915; Tridactyle teretifolia Schltr. 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as T teretifolia; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as T teritifolia drawing ok; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo; 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; Malawi Orchids La Croix 1983 as Tridactyles tereteifolia; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996, African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo fide

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