!Diaphananthe pellucida [Lindley]Schlechter 1914 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Plant and Flower in situ Cameroon Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

FragranceFull shadeWarmTo HotFallTo Winter

Common Name The Transparent Diaphananthe

Flower Size 1/2" [2 cm]

This hot to warm growing, medium sized, epiphytic species is from Sierra Leone, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Gulf of Guinea, Cameroons, Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Central African Republic and Uganda in evergreen forests, on trunks and lower branches at elevations of 600 to 1800 meters with a short stem that is leafy towards the apex and has oblanceolate, curved, unequally bilobed at the apex leaves and blooms in the fall and winter on a 8 to 20" [20 to 50 cm] long, pendant raceme that arises from below leaves or in the axils of the lower leaves with many fragrant flowers. This species does well in either mounted or in a pot in heavy shade, and high humidity, as well as hot to warm temperatures.

Synonyms Aerangis pallida (W.Watson) Garay 1972 ; Angraecum althoffi Krzl. 1889; Angraecum pallidum W.Watson 1890; *Angraecum pellucidum Lindley 1884; Angraecum thonnerianum Krzl.; Epidorchis pellucida (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Listrostachys althoffi (Kraenzl.) T. Durand & Schinz 1895; Listrostachys pellucida [Lindley]Rchb.f 1864; Listrostachys thonneriana Kraenzl. ex De Wild. & T. Durand 1862; Mystacidium pellucidum (Lindl.) Benth. & Hook.f. 1883

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 7 1981 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 9 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 7 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 4 1986 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Central African Republic - A Provisional Checklist Cribb & Fay 1987; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide

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