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, Eswatini and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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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).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

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

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 27. Also as Angraecum crassifolia

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).

Morris, B. (1967). The epiphytic orchids of Soche Mountain. Historic and Scientific Society of Malawi Journal 20(2) Page 34.

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 85 - 86. (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.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1958). African orchids XXVI Kew Bulletin 13(2) Page 265.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 178 - 179. Also as Angraecum sp. ((Williamson, Ball & Simon 385) (Includes a picture).

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

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Wikipedia: Angraecum sacciferum

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Angraecum sacciferum., retrieved 20 June 2024

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