Calyptrochilum christyanum [Rchb.f] Summerhayes 1936 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers

Plant in bud

Plant In Situ Zimbabwe Photo by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Photo Courtesy of Mitrofanov Yury

FragrancePart shadeWarm To Cool LATE SpringSummer

Common Name Christy's Calyprochilum [English Orchid Enthusiast and collector of the type 1800's]

Flower Size 3/8" [.9 cm]

Found in Cameroon, Angola, Central African Republic, Congo, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, and Zimbabwe [Also in Brazil?] in riverine forests and wooded grasslands at elevations around 900 to 1900 meters as a medium sized, monopodial, warm to cool growing, monopodial epiphyte and occasional lithophyte on rock outcroppings with a woody, pendant to horizontal stem carrying numerous, distichous, oblong to strap-shaped, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically, fleshy, olive green leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a very short, several [6 to 12] flowered inflorescence that arises opposite of the leaves and carrying lemon scented flowers that open white and turn apricot with age.

Synonyms Angraecum bokoyense De Wild. 1916; *Angraecum christyanum Rchb.f. 1880; Angraecum ivorense A. Chev. 1920; Angraecum malangeanum Kraenzl. 1895; Angraecum marsupiocalcaratum Kraenzl. 1914; Angraecum molonoyei Rolfe 1813; Angraecum mombasaense Rolfe 1897; Angraecum ovalifolium De Wild. 1903; Angraecum pynaertii De Wild. 1903; Angraecum schoellerianum Kraenzl. ex Schweinf. 1894; Angraecum zigzag De Wild. 1903; Calyptrochilum bokoyense (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; Calyptrochilum malangeanum (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; Campylocentrum marcalianum Campacci 2005; Calyptrochilum marsupiocalcaratum (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; Calyptrochilum mombasaense (Rolfe) Schltr. 1915; Calyptrochilum orientale Schltr. 1915; Calyptrochilum ovalifolium (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; Calyptrochilum pynaertii (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; Calyptrochilum schoellerianum (Kraenzl. ex Schweinf.) Schltr. 1915; Calyptrochilum zigzag (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; Rhaphidorhynchus moloneyi (Rolfe) Finet 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 ok; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1985; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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