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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Malawi.

[FTEA]

Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Small epiphytic herbs with short stems; roots branching, clustered in lower part of the stem
Morphology Leaves
Leaves distichous, arcuate-spreading, linear, unequally roundly or obtusely bilobed at the apex, conduplicate or twisted at the base to lie in one plane, articulated at base to persistent imbricate leaf-bases
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences one–several, shorter than the leaves, 1(–2)-flowered; peduncle slender, terete, elongate, bearing 2 sterile sheathing bracts along length
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers green to ochre-orange, non-resupinate, scabrid on outer surface
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals subsimilar; lateral sepals fused at their oblique bases to enclose base of spur
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip obscurely 3-lobed, concave, ecallose, spurred at the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column short, fleshy; rostellum narrow, bifid, dilated and scutelliform at apex; pollinia 2, subglobose; stipes solitary, linear; viscidium small, reniform.

[FZ]

Orchidaceae, I. la Croix & P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:2. 1998

Morphology General Habit
Small, monopodial, epiphytic herbs.
Morphology Stem
Stems short, rooting at the base.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves several, distichous, linear.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences arising at the base of the plant and in axils of lower leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers non resupinate, green to straw-coloured, scabrid on the outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals and petals subsimilar; lip obscurely 3-lobed, concave, ecallose, spurred at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column short; rostellum narrow, bifid, truncate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pollinia
Pollinia 2, globose; stipes 1, linear; viscidium 1, reniform.
Distribution
A monotypic genus known only from Malawi and southern Tanzania.

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania

Cardiochilos P.J.Cribb appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 32: 183 (1977)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2014). Genera Orchidacearum 6: 1-544. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Kew Bull. 32:183 (1977).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Senghas in Schltr, Die Orchideen, ed. 3, 1: 1084 (1986)
  • in K.B. 32: 183 (1977)
  • la Croix et al., Malawi Orch. 1: 61 (1983)

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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