Tridactyle bicaudata subsp. bicaudata.

Tridactyle bicaudata subsp. bicaudata.

 

Description

Slender to robust epiphyte or lithophyte, stems stout, usually erect, up to 350mm long and 4-6mm in diameter, roots separated from leaves by a length of bare stem. Leaves in 2 opposite rows, leathery, linear to strap-shaped, rounded, unequally bilobed. Inflorescences  dense, appearing from the axils of the leaves, 30-80mm long, 6-20 flowers, upward facing, palish yellow to brown. Also see subs. rupestris. 

 

Distribution in South Africa

Grows along the coast from the southern end of the Eastern Cape, to the northern part of KwaZulu Natal.   

 
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Typical habitat

Fairly common in dry forests, from near sea level to 1,400m.  

 

Flowering Period

This species typically flowers between October and February.   

 

Distribution elsewhere in Africa

Widespread in Africa   

 

Conservation Status

As this species is fairly common, it is presently not endangered.

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 McFarlane,edited by Karsten Wodrich and published 2019-05-24.

 

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