Nephrangis filiformis (Kraenzl.) Summerh.

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Nephrangis filiformis

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Listrostachys filiformis Kraenzl.
Tridactyle filiformis (Kraenzl.) Schltr.
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Status: Native
Epiphytic herb with erect or pendent slender stems, up to c. 35 cm long. Leaves borne towards the stem apex, terete, needle-shaped, 1.5–9 cm long, sometimes slightly recurved. Inflorescences arising along the stem, up to 10 mm long, 1–6-flowered. Flowers translucent, light brown or greenish-brown, the lip creamy-white, the column green-brown and anther cap yellow. Sepals ovate, 1.5–2.7 mm long. Petals linear or narrowly lanceolate, 1.7–2.3 mm long. Lip 4–5 mm long with a basal concave claw and a 2-lobed, apical blade c. 3 mm long and 3.5–5 mm wide; spur narrowly conical, 4–9 mm long.
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Derivation of specific name: filiformis: thread-like, referring to the long and narrow, needle-shaped leaves.
Habitat: High-level epiphyte in high rainfall miombo woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Liberia, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda,Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
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Content last updated: Monday 9 September 2019

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 438 - 439. (Includes a picture).

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

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 57.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Page 207. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Nephrangis filiformis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Nephrangis filiformis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Nephrangis filiformis
Plants of the World Online: Nephrangis filiformis
Tropicos: Nephrangis filiformis
Wikipedia: Nephrangis filiformis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Nephrangis filiformis., retrieved 4 December 2023

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