Bolusiella maudiae (Bolus) Schltr.

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Synonyms: Angraecum maudiae Bolus
Bolusiella imbricata (Rolfe) Schltr.
Listrostachys imbricata Rolfe
Common names:
Status: Native
Dwarf epiphyte with stem up to 2 cm long, rarely longer. Leaves 5–8, arranged in a fan, sword-shaped, 3–5 cm long and 0.5–1 cm wide, bilaterally flattened, not grooved along the upper surface, glossy green. Inflorescences arising at base of plant, 2.5–6 cm long, densely many-flowered. Flowers white with a greenish spur. Bracts ovate, 3–4 mm long, greenish-brown, overlapping. Sepals oblong, 3–4 mm long; petals similar but slightly smaller. Lip obscurely 3-lobed, 2–3 mm long; mid-lobe oblong, acute, recurved; side lobes rounded; spur conical, 1–2 mm long, pointing forwards.
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Riverine forest and woodland in high rainfall areas.
Altitude range: 550 - 1600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 68 - 69. as Bolusiella maudae (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 175.

Johnson, S., Bytebier, B, & Stärker H. (2015). Orchids of South Africa, a Field Guide Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 57. (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) Pages 401 - 403. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 38 - 39. as Bolusiella maudae (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 260. as Bolusiella maudae (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I.F. & La Croix T.M. (1983). Orchids of Bvumbwe The Society of Malawi Journal 36(2) Page 16. as Bolusiella maudae

Linder, H.P. & Kurzweil, H. (1999). Orchids of Southern Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, the Netherlands ISBN 90-5410-445-7 Pages 431 - 432. (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.

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 94 - 96. as Bolusiella maudae (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 26. (Includes a picture).

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 190 - 191. as Bolusiella imbricata (Includes a picture).

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