Oberonia disticha (Lam.) Schltr.

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Oberonia disticha

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Southeastern ridge Mt Gorongosa above Cavalo, Sanjunjira

Oberonia disticha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southeastern ridge Mt Gorongosa above Cavalo, Sanjunjira

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Synonyms: Epidendrum distichum Lam.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Small epiphytic herb. Stems 1 to several, usually pendent. Leaves succulent, alternate, bilaterally flattened, overlapping. Inflorescence a terminal spike of 60-70 minute flowers on a thick fleshy rhachis, Flowers less than 2 mm across, creamy yellow to orange.
Notes: No records from Mozambique are cited for this species in Flora Zambesiaca Vol. 11 part 1 (La Croix & Cribb, 1995), it was listed in Schelpe's Provisional Checklist for Mozambique (Journal of South african Botany 42-4: 391, 1976)
Derivation of specific name: disticha: in opposite rows, distichous; referring to the 2-ranked leaves
Habitat: In riverine or evergreen forest and in high rainfall Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: 430 - 1200 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Central, East and Southern Africa, Madagascar, the Comoro and Mascarene Islands
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Friday 11 November 2011

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 146 - 147. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 40.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 84.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 50.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 286 - 287. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 88 - 89. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 181 - 182. (Includes a picture).

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 97.

McMurtry, D., Grobler, L., Grobler, J. & Burns, S. (2008). Field Guide to the ORCHIDS of Northern South Africa and Swaziland Umdaus Press, PO Box 11059 Hatfield 0028 South Africa Pages 390 - 391. (Includes a picture).

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 55 - 56. (Includes a picture).

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 391.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Pages 57 - 58. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Oberonia disticha.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118100, retrieved 20 April 2024

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