Kylicanthe liae (Eb.Fisch., Killmann, J.-P.Lebel & Delep.) Descourv. 2018 Photo by © Jean-Paul Lebel


Common Name Lia's Kylicanthe

Flower Size .32 to .4" [.8 to 1 cm]

Found in Rwanda(Nyungwe Forest) and Uganda (Kalinzu Forest) on the Albertine Rift in the canopy of montane forests at elevations of 1,500 to 1,800 meters as a mnii-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with numerous, basal on the stem, unbranched, greyish roots at the base of the 2" [5 cm] long stem carrying a fan of up to 10, distichous, falcate, linear to obovate, subcoriaceous margins entire, apex unequally bilobate leaves that blooms in the mid winter to earler spring on 1 to 3, semi–pendulous, emerging at the base of the stem, rachis terete, .4 to 6.4" [1 to 16 cm], with up to 8 flowered inflorescence with amplexicaul bracts and carrying resupinate, emerald green becoming yellow in late anthesis flowers.

"This species can be easily confused with K. quintasii, to which it is sympatric. However, K. liae has flowers distinctly green and not yellow or orange and a significantly longer sigmoid spur (Fischer et al. 2011). The only known specimen of K. liae from Uganda (Meyer 129 in Stewart) (vide Cribb 1989) was misidentified as Diaphananthe bueae." Descourv. Stévart & Droissart 2018

Synonyms Diaphananthe liae Eb.Fisch., Killmann, J.-P.Lebel & Delep. 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytotaxa 373 (2) © Descourv. Stévart & Droissart 2018 - A New Genus of Angraecoid Orchids Photo fide;