AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Diaphananthe plehniana (Schltr.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 97 (1918).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum plehnianum Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 38: 24 (1905).
Description:
Epiphyte with stout, winding stem, 1-5 cm long. Inflorescences 3-13 cm long, many-flowered. Æl tepals apricot-coloured, thin and translucent. Apex of rostellum violet. Leaves: Narrowly oblanceolate to linear, indistinctly bilobed at apex (acutely or obtusely), thickened, sometimes falcate, 80-200 mm long, 8-35 mm wide, yellowish green. Dorsal sepal: Ovate-apiculate, 6 mm long, 3 mm wide. Lateral sepals: Lanceolate-apiculate, 7 mm long, 2.5 mm wide. Lip: Quadrate, mbrgins lacerate, 5-6 mm 1ong, 4-8 mm wide. Spur: Slightly swollen in apical part, 5-8 mm long.
Habitat:
In shady rainforests at low elevations.
Distribution:
Ivory Coast to Gabon
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 27.02-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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