Stolzia compacta P.J. Cribb
subsp. purpurata P.J. Cribb

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Stolzia compacta subsp. purpurata

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Near Carvalho's House, Tsetsera, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Stolzia sp. Morris No. 158. of Morris, Epiphyt. Orch. Malawi: 76 (1970).
Stolzia sp. no. 1 sensu Grosvenor (1976); Ball: 210 (1978) (Wild 4627)
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Status: Native
Small epiphyte, often forming large mats of chained pseudobulbs covering trunks and branches of the host trees. Pseudobulbs asymmetrically ovoid, c. 1 × 1.5 cm, set closely together. Leaves solitary per pseudobulb arising from the apex, oblanceolate, 5-9 cm long, erect, light green, thinly textured. Inflorescence single-flowered, shorter than the leaf. Flower resupinate, less than 4.5, mm in diameter, somewhat fleshy, purple red, minutely and obscurely verrucose.
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Habitat: In montane evergreen forest, particularly on Podocarpus latifolius.
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Flowering time:Aug - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Malawi (Mt Mulanje), Mozambique and Zimbabwe (Himalaya Range, Mt Engwa & Mt Tsetserra).
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Content last updated: Monday 31 May 2010

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 210 - 211. as Stolzia sp. no. 1 (Wild 4627) (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1978). A revision of Stolzia (Orchidaceae) Kew Bulletin 33(1) Pages 81 - 83. Protologue (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 167.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 86. As Stolzia sp. no. 1

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 52.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 288 - 290. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 129 - 130. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 183. (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 98.

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 76 - 77. as Stolzia sp. Morris No. 158

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 141.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Stolzia compacta subsp. purpurata., retrieved 23 February 2024

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