AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Rhipidoglossum globulare (P.J.Cribb) Farminhão & Stévart, Phytotaxa 349: 253 (2018).
Homotypic Names:
Margelliantha globularis P.J.Cribb, Kew Bull. 34: 331 (1979).
Angraecopsis globularis (P.J.Cribb) R.Rice, Prelim. Checklist & Survey Subtrib. Aerangidinae (Orchidac.): 21 (2005).
Description:
Plants small with a pendent or horizontal stem up to 3 cm long, 4 mm in diameter. Leaves 4-5 in 2 rows, ligulate, falcate, unequally and obtusely bilobed at the apex, 4-10 cm long, 6-8 mm wide. Inflorescences one or more, to 6 cm long, 5- or 6-flowered; peduncle wiry, to 3 cm long; bracts ovate-triangular, inflated, 3 mm long; pedicel with ovary slender, 11-12 mm long. Flowers campanulate, pale creamy yellow; dorsal sepal oblong-ovate, obtuse, 4 mm long, 2 mm wide; lateral sepals obliquely falcate, ovate, acute, 5 mm long, 2.5 mm wide; petals subcircular, obtuse, margins erose, 4-5 mm long, 4 mm wide; lip broadly obovate or flabellate, 5 mm long, 6 mm wide; spur subglobose, inflated, 4 mm long, 2.5-3 mm wide.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in montane forest; 1250 m; flowering in September.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
Tanzania (Uluguru Mts.)
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 29.03-2020; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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