Margelliantha caffra

Margelliantha caffra

 

  • Margelliantha caffra by Lourens Grobler

Description

Miniature epiphyte with stems up to 20mm. Leaves few or occasionally absent, linear to strap-shaped and unequally bilobed. Inflorescence lateral, one to several, hanging from below the leaves, up to 45 mm long. 5-15 flowers close to each other, which are white with a green anther cap. Previously allocated top the genus Mystacidium and Diaphananthe, before being recognised under the current genus name. 

 

Distribution in South Africa

 Mainly found in southern Kwa-Zulu Natal and inland, as well as in Limpopo. Recently discovered in a forest near Wakkerstroom. Endemic.

 
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Typical habitat

 Occasional in montane forest, in deep shade, often near the ground, from 1,200 to 1,800 m. 

 

Flowering Period

 This species typically flowers between October and January.   

 

Distribution elsewhere in Africa

 N/A.   

 

Conservation Status

Uncommon, but fortunately large portions of it's habitat is protected by private and state landowners, which should ensure survival.

Click on the distribution map to see the latest conservation status also refer to Provincial Species List on this site for Provincial Red and Orange listing and SANBI Orchid red list

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.

McMurtry, D., Grobler, L., Grobler, J., Burns, S., (2008). Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland. Umdaus Press.


This genus and species article was written by Duncan Mc Farlane and edited by Karsten Wodrich published 2019-05-24.

 

Images

  • Margelliantha caffra by Lourens Grobler

 

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