Rhipidoglossum rutilum (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1918 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Guy Ramette Vovan and his Gabon Orchids Website

Full shadeWarmTo HotFall

Common Name The Reddish Diaphananthe

Flower Size .18" to .25" [4 to 8 mm]

Found in Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Burundi, Ceantral African Republic, Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gulf og Guinea Islands, Rwanda, Zaire, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe as a medium sized, hot to cool growing, monopodial epiphyte in evergreen forests low on trunks and branches at elevations of 100 to 2200 meters with a pendant stem carrying strap shaped, linear, or oblanceolate, unequally and roundly bilobed apically, leathery, fleshy, dark olive green, often tinged in purple leaves and blooms in the fall on an axillary, pendant, 2 to 8 " [5 to 20 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Aeranthes rutilus Rchb. f. 1885; Angraecum erectocalcaratum De Wild. 1916; Angraecum woodianum Schltr. 1899; Chamaeangis schliebenii Mansf. 1933; Diaphananthe erectocalcarata (De Wild.) Summerh. 1960; Diaphananthe margaritae (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; Diaphananthe rutila (Rchb. f.) Summerh. 1960; Listrostachys gabonensis Rolfe 1897; Listrostachys margaritae De Wild. 1903; Listrostachys multiflora Rolfe 1897; Mystacidium rutilum (Rchb. f.) T. Durand & Schinz 1895; Rhipidoglossum erectocalcaratum (De Wild.) Summerh. 1948; Rhipidoglossum woodianum (Schltr.) Schltr. 1918; Tridactyle erectocalcarata (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as Diaphananthe rutila; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Central African Republic - A Provisional Checklist Cribb & Fay 1987; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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