Rhipidoglossum densiflorum Summerh. 1945


Plant in situ Cameroon Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Part shadeWarm Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Densely Flowered Rhipidoglossum

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Liberia, Cameroon, Gabon, Zaire, Rwanda, Angola and Zambia in high rainfall riverine forests and rainforests at elevations around 1300 meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with a leafy, pendant stem carrying distichous, elliptic, oblong ti oblanceolate, unequally and acutely bilobed apically, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall on a solitary or paired, .4 to 1.6" [1 to 4 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Diaphananthe densiflora (Summerh.) Summerh. 1960

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing ok; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as Diaphananthe densiflora; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as Diaphananthe densiflorum drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as Diaphananthe densiflora; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 as Diaphananthe densiflorum; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 drawing good