Mystacidium venosum Harv. ex Rolfe

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images (2)

Mystacidium venosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Private collection Ndundu Lodge

Mystacidium venosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Private collection Ndundu Lodge

Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Common names:
Frequency: Local in Mozambique
Status: Native
Short-stemmed epiphytic herb with numerous fairly stout, white-streaked roots. Leaves 2-4, elliptic to oblanceolate, up to 6.5 cm long, rather fleshy, unequally 2-lobed at the apex. Inflorescences up to c. 8 cm long, several flowered. Flowers white. Dorsal sepal erect, lanceolate, 5-8 mm long; lateral sepals spreading, more or less spathulate, 4-6 mm long. Petals triangular, 5-8 mm long. Lip lanceolate, entire, 4-6 mm long; spur 3-4.5 cm long, slender but widening at the mouth.
Derivation of specific name: venosum: veined; the reference is unclear.
Habitat: In woodland and riverine forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:April - July
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Eswatini and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Content last updated: Friday 11 November 2011

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 136 - 137. (Includes a picture).

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 77. (Includes a picture).

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

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 437.

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 450 - 451. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 130 - 131. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Mystacidium venosum:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mystacidium venosum
African Plant Database: Mystacidium venosum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Mystacidium venosum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Mystacidium venosum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Mystacidium venosum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Mystacidium venosum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mystacidium venosum
JSTOR Plant Science: Mystacidium venosum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mystacidium venosum
Plants of the World Online: Mystacidium venosum
Tropicos: Mystacidium venosum
Wikipedia: Mystacidium venosum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Mystacidium venosum., retrieved 27 September 2023

Site software last modified: 24 September 2019 10:58am
Terms of use