Rhipidoglossum stellatum (P.J.Cribb) Szlach. & Olszewski 2001 Drawing by M E Church/Phillip Cribb

FragrancePart shade CoolCold SpringFall

Common Name The Star-Shaped Rhipidoglossum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southwestern Tanzania in montane forests at elevations of 1800 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte witha pendent to erect, somewhat laterally compressed stem carrying silvery green roots and distichous, narrowly oblong, falcate, unequally bilobed apically, baslly twisted as to all lie in one plane leaves that blooms in the spring and fall on a few, pendent to subpendent, peduncle terete, basally tapering, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, overall, 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute floral bracts nad carrying very fragrant, spirally arranged, yellow green flowers.

Synonyms Angraecopsis stellata (P.J.Cribb) R.Rice 2005; *Diaphananthe stellata P.J.Cribb 1989; Rhipidoglossum stellatum (P.J.Cribb) Senghas in F.R.R.Schlechter 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 3 Cribb 1989 as Diaphananthe stellata Drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006