Angraecum sacciferum Lindl.

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Angraecum sacciferum

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Slopes of Castle Beacon, Vumba

Angraecum sacciferum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Angraecum crassifolium G. Will.
Angraecum parcum Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small epiphytic herb with a short stem up to 2 cm. Leaves in 2-4 pairs, near-linear, stiff and somewhat leathery, up to 6 cm long. Inflorescences borne below the leaves on slender, wiry flowering stems, few-flowered. Flowers yellowish-green, 6-7 mm in diameter with the saccate spur of 2-3 mm normally curved around the ovary.
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name: sacciferum: carrying a pouch, probably referring to the pouch-like or saccate spur.
Habitat: In montane and riverine evergreen forest and occasionally in mist-belt Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: 1100 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 314. (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1989). Orchidaceae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 497.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 78.

Johnson, S., Bytebier, B, & Stärker H. (2015). Orchids of South Africa, a Field Guide Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 52. (Includes a picture).

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 49.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 371.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 32 - 34. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 238. also as as Angraecum crassifolia (Includes a picture).

Linder, H.P. & Kurzweil, H. (1999). Orchids of Southern Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, the Netherlands ISBN 90-5410-445-7 Pages 423 - 424. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 94.

McMurtry, D., Grobler,L., Grobler, J. & Burns, S. (2008). Field Guide to the ORCHIDS of Northern South Africa and Swaziland Umdaus Press, PO Box 11059 Hatfield 0028 South Africa Pages 426 - 427. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 117.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 22. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 131.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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Flora of Malawi: Angraecum sacciferum
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Angraecum sacciferum
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Angraecum sacciferum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Angraecum sacciferum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Angraecum sacciferum
Tropicos: Angraecum sacciferum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Angraecum sacciferum., retrieved 18 July 2019

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