Rhipidoglossum caffrum (Bolus) Farminhão & Stévart, Phytotaxa 349: 252 (2018).
Homotypic Names:
Angraecum caffrum Bolus, Icon. Orchid. Austro-Afric. 1: t. 8 (1893).
Mystacidium caffrum (Bolus) Bolus, Trans. S. African Philos. Soc. 16: 145 (1905).
Margelliantha caffra (Bolus) P.J.Cribb & J.Stewart, Kew Bull. 40: 413 (1985).
Diaphananthe caffra (Bolus) H.P.Linder, Kew Bull. 44: 318 (1989).
Angraecopsis caffra (Bolus) R.Rice, Prelim. Checklist & Survey Subtrib. Aerangidinae (Orchidac.): 19 (2005), no basionym plate number.
A dwarf species with a very short stem and numerous, fairly stout roots, graf-green flecked with white. Leaves to 6 cm x 8 mm, linear or strap-shaped, dark green. Inflorescences arising below leaves, densely 8- to 12-flowered. Flowers rather bell-shaped, about 12 mm in diameter, glistening white, the anther cap bright green. Sepals 5 x 2 mm, ovate, obtuse; petals similar but slightly longer. Lip 6 x 4 mm, broadly ovate, obtuse, slightly recurved; spur 9-10 mm long, with a narrow mouth, slightly inflated at the tip. Column very short.
Epiphytic at low level in cool forests, to 1800 m.
Mounted, with high humidity and at intermediate to cool temperatures. In cultivation, it flowers in summer (June).
Northern Prov. to E. Cape Prov.
Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 8 1987; African Orchids in the wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 01.03-2017;
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