Oeoniella aphrodite (Balf.f. & S.Moore) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 177 (1918).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Listrostachys aphrodite Balf.f. & S.Moore in J.G.Baker, Fl. Mauritius: 354 (1877).
Plant erect with elongated stems, 10-30 cm long, bearing many leaves above branching aerial roots. Leaves in 2 rows, linear-oblong or ligulate unequally bilobed at the apex, 10-15 cm Iong 8-12 mm wide. Inflorescences one to several, erect arising opposite the leaf base, 6-20 cm long, elongating in fruit, 10-- to 16 flowered. Flowers white or pale green with white lip; sepals lanceolate, acuminate, - mm long; petals shorter, linear, acute; lip ovate-orbicular, 3-lobed, lateral lobes crenulate, embracing the column, mid-lobe narrowly linear, 4 mm long; spur, straight or curved, not inflated, 3-5 mm long.
Lithophyte, usually in shade; sea level, flowering in June in Seychelles.
As given for the genus.
Differs from Oeoniella polystachys by the smaller plant and the shorter mid lobe to the lip.
Seychelles to Mascarenes
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 10.03-2017;
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In culture
Oeoniella aphrodite 01
Photograph© Lourens Grobler. Image used with kind permission.