Rhipidoglossum subsimplex (Summerh.) Garay 1972

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

Part shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Almost One Sided Rhipidoglossum

Flower Size .1 to .12" [2.5 to 3 mm]

Found in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawia and Zimbabwe in montane forests and on forest margins at elevations of 1500 to 2600 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a long pendent stem carrying numerous, towards the apex, distichous, linear, unequally roundly bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the spring on 1 to several, .6 to 3.2" [1.5 to 8 cm] long, 5 to 13 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms *Diaphananthe subsimplex Summerh. 1945

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as Diaphananthe subsimplex; Malawi Orchids Vol 1 La Croix 1983 as Diaphananthe subsimplex; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as Diaphananthe subsimplex; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 as Diaphananthe subsimplex photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 Drawing fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006