Rhipidoglossum xanthopollinium [Rchb.f] Schlechter 1918 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

FragrancePart shadeCool TO Warm Fall TO Winter

Common Name The Yellow Pollen Diaphananthe

Flower Size 1/4" [8 mm]

Found in Angola, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Eastern Cape and Kwa Zulu-Natal South Africa, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe in submontane riverine forests and woodlands at elevations of 600 to 1800 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with long, erect or trailing stems with several to many distichous, linear to oblanceolate, unequally and rouindly bilobed apically, leathery and slightly "v" shaped leaves and blooms in the fall and winter on an axillary, 1 to 4" [3 to 9 cm] long, several to amany flowered inflorescence with lilac scented flowers.

Synonyms Aeranthes erythropollinia Rchb.f. 1865; Aeranthes gerrardii Rchb.f. 1867; *Aeranthes xanthopollinius Rchb. f. 1865; Angraecum gerrardii (Rchb.f.) Bolus 1893; Angraecum xanthopollinium (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1899; Diaphananthe peglerae (Bolus) Summerh. 1960; Diaphananthe xanthopollinia (Rchb. f.) Summerh.1960; Epidorchis erythropollinia (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Epidorchis gerrardii (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Epidorchis xanthopollinia (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Listrostachys scheffleriana Kraenzl. 1902; Mystacidium erythropollinium (Rchb.f.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Mystacidium gerrardii (Rchb.f.) Bolus 1889; Mystacidium mahonii Rolfe 1906; Mystacidium peglerae Bolus 1905; Mystacidium xanthopollinium T.Durand & Schinz 1895; Rhipidoglossum gerrardii (Rchb.f.) Schltr 1918; Rhipidoglossum peglerae (Bolus) Schltr. 1918;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as Diaphananthe xanthopollinum; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Diaphananthe xanthopollinium photo; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Brieger etal 1986; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as Diaphananthe xanthopollinum; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998 as Diaphananthe xanthopollinum; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006