Tridactyle inaequilonga (De Wild.) Schltr.

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Tridactyle inaequilonga

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Tridactyle inaequilonga

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Tridactyle inaequilonga

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Tridactyle acutoemarginata (De Wild.) Schltr.
Tridactyle scottellii (Rendle) Schltr. var. stipulata (De Wild.) Geerinck
Common names:
Status: uncertain
Epiphytic herb, normally pendent. Pendent stems usually bare, except for sheaths of old leaf bases and 3-6 fresh leaves at the apex. Leaves linear with 2 distinctly unequal lobes at the apex. Flowers along the stem in short clusters of 2-6(10), yellowish-green to straw-orange. Lip 3-lobed for about half the length.
Type location:
Notes: Not listed for Zambia but likely to occur as it has been recorded from Nyika in Malawi right close to the border in commonly shared miombo habitat.
Derivation of specific name: inaequilonga: of unequal length, referring to the two unequal lobes at the leaf apex
Habitat: At high levels in trees of submontane and riverine forest, occasionally in high rainfall Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: 1250 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Tanzania and the DRC south to Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces):
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 230 - 231. (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 336.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 56.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 86.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 52.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 448 - 449.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 137 - 138. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 292. (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 98.

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 115. As Tridactyle nr. inaequilonga

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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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: Tridactyle inaequilonga., retrieved 20 June 2024

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