Rhipidoglossum polyanthum (Kraenzl.) Szlach. & Olszewski 2001

Plant in situ Cameroon

Photos by Vincent Droissart and his Orchidaceae in Central AfricaWebsite

Part shade cool cold Summer Fall

Common Name The Many Flowered Rhipidoglossum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southwestern Cameroon and the Gulf of Guinea Islands in montane forests high up in the tree at elevations of 1500 to 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a short, erect stem carrying 3 to more, basally twisted to lie in one plane, oblong-linear to linear-lanceolate, unequally and acutely bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an upright, arising from below the leaves, .8 to 8" [2 to 20 cm] long, 4 or more flowered inflorescence with transversely elliptic bracts.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution

Synonyms Diaphananthe polyantha (Kraenzl.) F.N.Rasm. 1974; Mystacidium polyanthum Kraenzl. 1914; Sarcorhynchus polyanthus (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; Sarcorhynchus saccolabioides Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Brieger etal 1986 as Sarcorhynchus polyanthus; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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