Mystacidium tanganyikense Summerh.

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Mystacidium tanganyikense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge

Mystacidium tanganyikense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Mystacidium sp. Morris No. 124. of Morris, Epiphyt. Orch. Malawi: 102 (1970).
Mystacidium sp. no. 1 sensu Grosvenor (1976)
Common names:
Status: Native
Delicate dwarf epiphytic herb. The leaves are often faintly banded darker green on the veins. The inflorescence carries up to 10 pale green flowers, 12-13 mm across with a spur c.17 mm long.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: tanganyikense: of Tanganyika (Tanzania)
Habitat: In deep shade as a low level epiphyte on twigs and branches in the understorey of montane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 1450 - 2400 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 140 - 141. as Mystacidium sp. no. 1 (Wild 4535) (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 331. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 39.

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.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 84. As Mystacidium sp. no. 1

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 50.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 437.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 87. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 283 - 284. (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 97.

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 102 - 103. as Mystacidium sp. Morris No. 124 (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 123.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 138.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 186 - 187. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Mystacidium tanganyikense., retrieved 19 July 2024

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