Rhipidoglossum pulchellum (Summerh.) Garay 1972

Plant and Inflorescence Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

FragrantPart shadeWarm CoolLATER Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Beautiful Rhipidoglossum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Cameroon, Zaire, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenyas, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in rainforests as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a stout stem carrying many thick grey roots and 2 to 6, towards the apex of the stem, green, leathery, oblanceolate, falcate, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the spring summer and fall on ususlly several, pendant, arsing from below the leaves, to 6" [1`5 cm] long, to 12 flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

Represented species photos are of Rhipidoglossum pulchellum var. geniculatum (Summerh.) Garay 1972 which occurs only in Cameroon, Zaire and Uganda and differs in it's usually longer to 10", many flowered inflorescence as well as much longer lateral sepals to 1.1 mm and angling at the base sepals and petals that flowers in the summer

Synonyms Diaphananthe pachyrhiza P.J.Cribb 1983; *Diaphananthe pulchella Summerh 1945; Diaphananthe pulchella var. geniculata Summerh. 1945; Rhipidoglossum pachyrhizum (P.J.Cribb) Senghas 1986; Rhipidoglossum pulchellum var. geniculatum (Summerh.) Garay 1972

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; Malawi Orchids La Croix Cribb 1983 as R pachyrhiza; Flora Zambewsiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998 as Diaphananthe pulchellum; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo good

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