Rhipidoglossum ovale (Summerh.) Garay 1972 Drawing by M A Grierson/Cribb

Part shade Cold LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Oval Rhipidoglossum

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Uganda at elevations of 2100 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a pendent stem carrying 2 to 10, in the upper part of the stem, flacate, linear, unequally bilobed at the obtuse apex, basaly twisted leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on 1 to several, .24 to .4" [.6 to 1 cm] long peduncle, 2 to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, laxly to 20 flowered inflorescence with amplexicaul, conical, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying cream to buff colored flowers.

Synonyms *Diaphananthe ovalis Summerh. 1962

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as Diaphananthe ovalis drawing fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006