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 as Diaphananthe pulchella drawing/photo ok; Malawi Orchids Vol 1 La Croix Cribb 1983 as Diaphananthe pachyrhiza drawing fide; Malawi Orchids Vol 1 La Croix 1983 as Diaphananthe pulchellum drawing good; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1986 as R pachyrhizum; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as Diaphananthe pulchella; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as Diaphananthe pulchella var genicuata; The Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 as Diaphananthe pulchella photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 as Diaphananthe pulchella photo good; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 as Diaphananthe pulchellum; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo good

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