Rhipidoglossum kamerunense (Schltr.) Garay 1972

Plant and Flower

Photos by Vincent Droissart and The Orchidaceae of Central Africa Website


Flower Detail Drawing

Drawings by Chew and Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Drawing

Drawing by M E Church/Cribb

Part shadeWarm CoolWinter

Common Name The Cameroon Rhipidoglossum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Cameroon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Zaire, Uganda and Zambia in brachystegia woodlands at elevations of 1000 to 1800 meters as a small to just medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short, robust stem carrying several, pendent, basally twisted, lanceolate, unequally bilobed apically, with one lobe almost absent leaves that blooms in the winter on 1 to several, pendent, 4 to 9.6" [10 to 24 cm] long, fairly laxly 8 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Angraecopsis kamerunensis (Schltr.) R.Rice 2005; *Angraecum kamerunense Schltr. 1906; Diaphananthe kamerunensis (Schltr.) Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as Diaphananthe kamerunensis; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as Diaphananthe kamerunensis; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as Diaphananthe kamerunense drawing fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croiz 1997 as Diaphananthe kamerunense; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 as Diaphananthe kamerunense drawing fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006;