Mystacidium tanganyikense Summerh. 1945

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

Fragrance Part Shade Cool Cold Summer

Common Name The Tanzanian Mystacidium

Flower Size .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm]

Found in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in sub and montane forests on twigs and small branches at elevations of 1300 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with almost no stem carrying 2 to 5, oblanceolate, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically, dark green, reticulated and raised venation leaves that blooms in the summer on 1 to several, pendant, terete, very fine, wiry, .6 to 4" [1.5 to 10 cm] long, fairly laxly 1 to 12 flowered inflorescence with nocturnally scented flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Malawi Orchids Vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1986; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 drawing fide