Schizochilus lepidus Summerh.

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Schizochilus lepidus

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts

Schizochilus lepidus

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts

Schizochilus lepidus

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts

Schizochilus lepidus

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts

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Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb, 15-25 cm high. Leaves 8-2 along the stem, lowermost 2-5, sub-erect, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, 3-8 cm long, the others c. 1 cm long, sheathing. Inflorescence nodding, 2-8 cm long, fairly densely 20-30-flowered; bracts 5-7 mm long. Flowers golden yellow, c. 5 mm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name: lepidus: pleasant, charming, elegant
Habitat: Montane grassland
Altitude range: Above 2000 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Border mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Saturday 9 February 2013

Ball, J.S. (2009). Terrestrial African Orchids, A Selected Review Pages 254 - 255. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 49.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 70.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 86.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 31 - 34.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 98.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 389.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1960). African orchids XXVII Kew Bulletin 14(1) Pages 130 - 131. Protologue

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Schizochilus lepidus
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Schizochilus lepidus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Schizochilus lepidus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Schizochilus lepidus
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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Schizochilus lepidus., retrieved 3 July 2020

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