Angraecum chamaeanthus Schltr.

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Angraecum chamaeanthus

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Common names: Guava baby (English)
Status: Native
Tiny epiphytic herb. Leaves 2-6, up to 30 × 5 mm, elliptic, leathery, bright green. Inflorescence, up to 3 cm, 4-10 flowered. Flowers c. 2-2.5 mm in diameter, white, often facing to one side. It is one of the smallest of all African orchids.
Derivation of specific name: chamaeanthus: derived from: chamai, a dwarf, and anthos, a flower (Greek).
Habitat: Epiphyte in forest, commonly on exotic fruit trees.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania south to South Africa
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 11 November 2008

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Angraecum chamaeanthus., retrieved 22 July 2024

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