Tridactyle tricuspis (Bolus) Schltr.1915

Plant and Flower in situ Zimbabwe

Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Common Name The Three Point Tridactyle

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Burunda, Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Cape, Transvaal and Natal South Africa in forests and bush in submontane and montane forests at elevations of 800 to 2600 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an erect stem carrying 4 to 5, towards the apex, strap-shaped, dark green leaves that blooms in the fall on 2 or more, arising from the base of the stem, arching, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, 12 to 13 flowered inflorescence and carrying nocturnally, sweetly scented flowers.

Synonyms Angraecum frommianum Kraenzl. 1914; Angraecum rhodesianum Rendle 1911; *Angraecum tricuspe Bolus 1889; Tridactyle fragrans G.Will. 1980; Tridactyle frommiana (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; Tridactyle nyassana Schltr. 1915; Tridactyle rhodesiana (Rendle) Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo ok; Malawi Orchids La Croix 1983 as T fragrans; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 #9 1984 photo fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 9 1984 photo; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo good, African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawingfide/photo ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;