Diplocentrum congestum Wight 1851 Photo by Rudolf Jenny and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Inflorescence Photo by G Meyer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Plant and Flowers

Drawing Photo and drawing courtesy of Enchanting Kerala Website


Common Name The Congested Diplocentrum

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in southern India along roadside trees as a miniature sized, warm growing monopodial epiphyte with a short, pendulous stem carrying a few, broadly lanceolate, recurved, green mottled with purple, unequally bilobed apically, becoming conduplicate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the fall and early winter on 1 to a few, axillary, peduncle short, stout, pendent, 3.6" [9 cm] long, densely few to many flowered inflorescence with minute, apiculate floral bracts and carrying lightly fragrant flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Indian Orchids, A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 6 1995 as D recurvum photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018