Didymoplexis africana Summerh. 1951 publ. 1952 Drawing by Margonska

Common Name The African Didymoplexis

Flower Size .5" [1.25 cm]

Found in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Congo, Zaire and Tanzania in rain forests and submontane evergreen forests at elevations of 800 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing, leafless mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with a thick, subterranean, horizontal rhizome giving rise to and erect, delicate, glabrous stem with ovate-lanceolate, amplexicaul cauline bracts in the lower half of the stem, that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, 3.2 to 8.4" [8 to 21 cm] long overall, rachis 1.6 to 4" [4 to 10 cm] long,several flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acute, herbaceous floral bracts and carrying tubular lower flowers and wider opening, white flowers above.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Pope 1995 drawing mostly not = G baueri only Figure #1 and #3 of the whole drawing are correct; Orchidaceae of West-Central Africa Vol 1 Szatch, Mytnik-Ejsmont, Kras, Rutkowski, Baranow and Gornick 2010 drawing fide;