Solenangis conica (Schltr.) L. Jonss.

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Solenangis conica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Solenangis conica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Solenangis conica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Angraecum conicum Schltr.
Gussonea conica (Schltr.) Schltr.
Microcoelia conica (Schltr.) Summerh.
Solenangis angustifolia Summerh.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
A tiny epiphyte. The stem is relatively long and somewhat scrambling, bearing roots along most of the length. Leaves several near the apex of the stem, linear, up to 1.6 cm, needle-like. Flowers are produced in 1 to 5 inflorescences of 2-3 small white flowers, which are fragrant at night.
Derivation of specific name: conica: conical
Habitat: Among mosses and lichens on trees in mist-belt forest, where it particularly favours Podocarpus latifolius as a host.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Equatirial Guinea
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Wednesday 9 November 2011

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 206 - 207. as Solenangis angustifolia (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 52.

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

Jonsson, L. (1979). New combinations in the African genera Chauliodon and Solenangis (Orchidaceae) Botaniska Notiser 132 Pages 382 - 384. (Includes a picture).

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

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 443 - 444. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 127. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 285 - 286. (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.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 393. as Microcoelia conica

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Pages 78 - 79. (Includes a picture).

Summerhayes, V.S. (1958). African orchids XXVI Kew Bulletin 13(2) Pages 280 - 281. Protologue as Solenangis angustifolia

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

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Solenangis conica., retrieved 27 May 2024

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