AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Diaphananthe suborbicularis Summerh., Kew Bull. 14: 278 (1958).
Description:
Plant small, erect, with a stem up to 5 cm long, 4-5 mm in diameter. Leaves in 2 rows, linear-ob-lanceolate or narrowly oblong-lanceolate, curved, unequally and obscurely bilobed at the apex, 5-7.5 cm long, 7-13 mm wide. Inflorescences axillary, 4.5 cm long, 3- to 6-flowered; bracts small, triangular, 1-1.5 mm long; pedicel with ovary 2.5-3 mm long. Flowers spreading, pinkish or purplish; sepals ovate-lanceolate, acute, 3.5-4 mm long, 3 mm wide; petals lanceolate-oblong, subacute, 3 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; lip almost orbicular or quadrate-orbicular, with a tooth-like callus in the mouth of the spur, 4 mm long, 4.5 mm wide; spur constricted near the mouth, inflated towards the rounded tip, less than 3 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in cocoa plantations; flowering in October.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
Ghana
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 26.02-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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