Rhipidoglossum montanum (Piers) Senghas 1986

Plant and Inflorescence

Photos by W Bachmann The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Drawing by M E Church/Cribb

Part shade Cold WinterSpring Summer Fall

Common Name The Montane Rhipidoglossum

Flower Size .24 to .36" [6 to 9 mm]

Found in Kenya on twigs and branches bushes and trees usually amongst mosses at elevations of 2300 to 2750 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with prominent roots holding the plant away from the substrate with short stems carrying 2 to 6, greyish green, linear to narrowly lanceolate, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on usually several, arising below the leaves [.8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, 4 to 9 flowered infloresccence

Synonyms Angraecopsis montana (Piers) R.Rice 2005; *Angraecum montanum Piers 1968; Diaphananthe montana (Piers) P.J.Cribb & J.Stewart 1985

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as Angraecum montanum; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 #6 1980 as Ang montanum photo fide; *Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1986; An Introduction to the Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 as Angraecum montanum; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as Diaphananthe montanua drawing fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 as Diaphananthe montanum photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo good