Diaphananthe lorifolia Summerh. 1956 Photo by Kjell Nilsson

Fragrance Part Shade CoolLATERSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Lorate Leafed Diaphananthe

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

Found in Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda in montane and riverine forests at elevations of 1000 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a long, pendant stem carrying 2 rows of falcate, linear, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically, basally twisted so all in one plane leaves that blooms in the later spring on a pendant, 3 to 6" [7.5 to 15 cm] long, shorter than the leaves, 5 to 15 flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Brieger etal 1986; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Angraecoid Orchids Hermans, Stewart and Campbell 2006 photo ok