Tridactyle tridentata (Harv.) Schltr. 1915

Plant and Flower in situ Zimbabwe

Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Common Name The Three Toothed 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 Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970 as T teretifolia ; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #4 1975 as T teretifolia; 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 good; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 as T teretifolia drawing hmm; 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 Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as Tridactyles teretifolia photo fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo good; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo ok/drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 OrchidaceaePart 2 Pope 1998 photo good; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 drawing/photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo fide