Mystacidium venosum Harv. ex Rolfe 1912


Plant and Inflorescence Photos by Milan Vágner©


Common Name or Meaning The Veined Mystacidium

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Mozambique, Swaziland, Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in woodland and riverine forest bush and coastal and montane forests at elevations of 500 to 1700 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 2 to 4, deciduous, elliptic to oblanceolate, unequally bilobed apically, venation distinctly darker leaves that blooms in the winter, with or without leaves, on a pendant, usually several, densely 4 to 12 flowered, thick, 1 to 4" [2.5 to 10 cm] long, racemose inflorescence carrying nocturnally, sweetly scented flowers.

Synonyms Mystacidium taeniophylloides Kraenzl. 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1986; ; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing good/photo fide; 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 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;