Gymnosiphon afro-orientalis Cheek
Rated by the IUCN as Vulnerable (VU). This species is known from only seven sites, in four countries, where the habitat is threatened by deforestation.
Cloud forest (tropical or subtropical evergreen montane moist forest with a high incidence of low-level cloud cover).
About this species
Gymnosiphon afro-orientalis was discovered by the Kew botanist Martin Cheek during a field trip to Malawi. This expedition involved some work at the Nchisi Forest Reserve, which is protected for timber production. It was during a trek down a shady gully in the forest, where the ground was bare, that a small white, flat-topped, 3-lobed flower on a delicate stalk was spotted. Following this discovery, hundreds more of the plants were found in the few square metres nearby.