AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Diaphananthe divitiflora (Kraenzl.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 98 (1918).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Listrostachys divitiflora Kraenzl. in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 158 (1895).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Mystacidium congolense De Wild., Not. Pl. Util. Congo 1: 151 (1903).
Diaphananthe congolensis (De Wild.) Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 12: 101 (1945).
Description:
Plant with a short erect or horizontal stem 8 cm long, 3-10 mm in diameter. Leaves narrowly obovate, almost subpetiolate, somewhat oblique unequally bilobed at the apex, with rounded lo 15-20 cm long, 2-4 cm wide. Inflorescences j dent, 15—25 cm long, 15- to 25-flowered; brae mm long. Flowers whitish or pale cream; se narrowly oval, acuminate, 6-10 mm long, dorsal sepal 2 mm wide, lateral sepals 1.5 mm wide; petals narrowly oval, acuminate, 6-10 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; lip broadly oboval, bearing a bilobed crest at the base, apiculate, 6-7 mm long, 5-6 mm wide; spur subcylindric or narrowly ovoid, curved, 5 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in dense forest.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
Cameroon, Zaïre
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 26.02-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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