!Sphyrarhynchus schliebenii Mansf. 1935 Photos courtesy of Margaret Dunseath

Full ShadeWarmCoolSpring

Common Name Schlieben's Sphyrarhynchus [German Plant Collector East Africa 1900's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Tanzania and Kenya in evergreen montane forests on twigs and small branches at elevations of 900 to 1600 meters as a miiniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 3 to 5, linear to elliptic, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically, fleshy, conduplicate and basally clasping below leaves that blooms in the spring on to several, 2" +[2.5 cm +] long, axillary, densely 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying variable sized, glistening, white with green flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006