AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

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.
Description:
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.
Habitat:
Epiphytic at low level in cool forests, to 1800 m.
Cultivation:
Mounted, with high humidity and at intermediate to cool temperatures. In cultivation, it flowers in summer (June).
Distribution:
Northern Prov. to E. Cape Prov.
References:
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; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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