Rhipidoglossum polydactylum (Kraenzl.) Garay 1972

Plant Photos by Benedict John Pollard

Part shadeCoolFall

Common Name The Many Fingered Rhipidoglossum

Flower Size .16" [.4 cm]

Found in western Cameroons at elevations around 1800 meters among mosses on large trees as a very rare and endangered miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 2 to 5, towards the apex of the stem linear-lanceolate to ligulate-elliptic, unequally and acutely bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the fall on a pendant arising from below the leaves, 2.4 to 4.4" [6 to 11 cm] long, 5 to 9 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Angraecopsis polydactyla (Kraenzl.) R.Rice 2005; Crossangis polydactyla (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; Diaphananthe polydactyla (Kraenzl.) Summerh. 1936; *Listrostachys polydactyla Kraenzl. 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Angraecoid Orchids, Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006