Acampe pachyglossa

Acampe pachyglossa

 

  • Acampe pachyglossa by Peter Ashton

Description

Acampe pachyglossa is a robust epiphytic plant, sometimes forming small clumps of four to five plants growing together. The stems are stiff and quite woody, while the roots are 6-8 millimetres in diameter. The succulent leaves are placed in two opposite rows along the stem and measure up to 250 millimetres long by 15-25 millimetres wide. The leaves are deeply folded and appear ‘vee-shaped’ in cross-section, with unequally bilobed tips. The flowers are fleshy, with pale yellow sepals and petals that have reddish-purple bands. The lip is white or yellow-white, with a few small purplish spots.

 

 

Distribution in South Africa

Warm, humid, low-elevation forests in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Another small population occurs in the cool, moist, high-elevation Debengeni Forest of Magoebaskloof, Limpopo.

 
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Typical habitat

Plants grow in shaded positions in open woodland, firmly attached to the trunks and branches of riverine trees.

 

Flowering Period

Flowering occurs in the summer months of November to March.

 

Distribution elsewhere in Africa

Acampe pachyglossa is found in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia on the African continent, and the islands of Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, the Comoro Islands and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

 

Conservation Status

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All orchids are protected under CITES regulations.

 

References and additional information

Johnson, S.D., Bytebier, B. Stärker, H. (2010). Orchids of South Africa: A field guide. Struik Nature, Cape Town, South Africa.
La Croix, I.F. la Croix, E. (1997). African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, USA.
This genus and species article was written by Peter Ashton and published 2018-10-24

 

Images

  • Acampe pachyglossa by Peter Ashton
  • Acampe pachyglossa by Peter Ashton
  • Acampe pachyglossa by Lourens Grobler

 

 

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