Tridactyle tridentata

Tridactyle tridentata

 

  • Tridactyle tridentata by Martin Rautenbach

Description

Slender epiphyte or lithophyte, stems up to 300mm long, branching, angled and 3mm in diameter. Roots restricted to the very base. Leaves arranged in 2 rows, circular in cross-section, grooved, stiff and often fleshy. Inflorescences borne below the leaves, shorter than 5mm, 2-5 flowers which are pale green to cream, which are up to 8mm in diameter, sepals spreading , petals strap shaped, lip side lobes tooth like, spur 7-8mm long. 

 

Distribution in South Africa

KwaZulu Natal south coast and northern Eastern Cape coast.   

 
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Typical habitat

Occasional in lowland forest, often near forest margins, from near sea level to 300m.

 

Flowering Period 

This species typically flowers between November and December.   

 

Distribution elsewhere in Africa

N/A.   

 

Conservation Status

Occasional over a reasonable area, therefor not really at risk.

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

 

Images

  • Tridactyle tridentata by Martin Rautenbach
  • Tridactyle tridentata by Martin Rautenbach

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