Chaseella pseudohydra Summerh. 1961


Plant and Flower

Column Detail Photos courtesy of Rudi Hromniak and his and his Orchid Webpage

Common Name The False Hydra Chaseella [Named for the appearance of the leaves]

Flower Size 1/4" [7.5mm]

Found in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Eastern Zambia in upland forests at elevations around 2000 meters on branches as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte related to Bulbophyllum with a long slender rhizome with 3/4 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] between each yellowish-green, oblong-ovoid pseudobulb carrying 6 to 11, apical, in a whorl, linear, stiff, needle-like leaves and blooms in the spring on a basal, 1 to 2 flowered, inflorescence carrying small reddish flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996; African Orchids in The Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997