!Sphyrarhynchus schliebenii Mansf. 1935 Photo by Margaret Dunseath

Full ShadeWarmCoolSpring

Common Name Schlieben's Sphyrarhynchus [German Plant Collector East Africa 1900's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Tanzania and Kenya in evergreen montane forests on twigs and small branches at elevations of 900 to 1600 meters as a miiniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 3 to 5, linear to elliptic, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically, fleshy, conduplicate and basally clasping below leaves that blooms in the spring on to several, 2" +[2.5 cm +] long, axillary, densely 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying variable sized, glistening, white with green flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; The Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 drawing/photo fide