AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Diaphananthe garayana Szlach. & Olszewski, in Fl. Cameroun 36: 740 (2001).
Description:
Plant growing horizontally, stem short, up to 15 cm long. Leaves large, 12 in 2 rows, twisted at the base so that they the in one plane, like a fan, pendent, oblanceolate, unequally bilobed at the apex, 30 cm long, 3 cm wide. Inflorescence pendent, up to 18 cm long, 10- to 25-flowered; bracts small, 2 mm long. Flowers small; sepals lanceolate, acute, 4.5-6.5 mm long, 2 mm wide; petals linear-ligulate, 3.5-5 mm long, 0.8 mm wide; lip rectangular, slightly wider towards the apex, margins denticulate in the apical half, apiculate, 4.6 mm long, 3.5 mm wide; spur narrowing gradually from a wide mouth to an acute tip, held horizontally parallel to the ovary, 6 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte; flowering in June.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
Cameroon
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 26.02-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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