Rhipidoglossum polydactylum (Kraenzl.) Garay 1972

Photos by Vincent Droissart and The Orchidaceae of Central Africa Website


Plant Photos by Benedict John Pollard

Part shadeCoolFall

Common Name The Many Fingered Rhipidoglossum

Flower Size .16" [.4 cm]

Found in western Cameroons at elevations around 1800 meters among mosses on large trees as a very rare and endangered miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 2 to 5, towards the apex of the stem linear-lanceolate to ligulate-elliptic, unequally and acutely bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the fall on a pendant arising from below the leaves, 2.4 to 4.4" [6 to 11 cm] long, 5 to 9 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Angraecopsis polydactyla (Kraenzl.) R.Rice 2005; Crossangis polydactyla (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; Diaphananthe polydactyla (Kraenzl.) Summerh. 1936; *Listrostachys polydactyla Kraenzl. 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Angraecoid Orchids, Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006