Stenoglottis fimbriata

Stenoglottis fimbriata

 

  • Stenoglottis fimbriata subsp. saxicola by Martin Rautenbach

Description

Slender epiphyte, lithophyte, or terrestrial, which can grow up to 400mm tall. Leaves 6-10 in a basal rosette, strap-shaped to narrowly spear-shaped, spotted, with wavy fringes. Inflorescences lax, 5-30 flowers, which are lilac with darker spots. Sepals  similar and up to 8mm long, petals are shorter and enclose the column. Spur absent. A very variable species in size and colouration. The fleshy, hairy roots attach themselves onto quite steep rock faces, preventing excess water and debris accumulating. Colony forming. 

 

Distribution in South Africa

Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumulanga, Limpopo. Endemic.  

 
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Typical habitat

Fairly common on mossy substrates, on rocks, in mistbelt forests, occasionally epiphytic in wet forests, from near sea level to 2,200m. 

 

Flowering Period

This species typically flowers between January and March.   

 

Distribution elsewhere in Africa

N/A.  

 

Conservation Status

Not threatened at present.

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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 McFarlane, edited by Karsten Wodrich and published 2019-05-25.

 

Images

  • Stenoglottis fimbriata by Lourens Grobler
  • Stenoglottis fimbriata subsp. saxicola by Martin Rautenbach
  • Stenoglottis fimbriata subsp. saxicola by Martin Rautenbach

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