Diaphananthe xanthopollinia (Rchb. f.) Summerh.

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Diaphananthe xanthopollinia

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Diaphananthe xanthopollinia

Photo: Bart Wursten

Diaphananthe xanthopollinia

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Rhipidoglossum gerrardii (Rchb.f.) Schltr.
Rhipidoglossum xanthopollinium (Rchb.f.) Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphytic herb with long, sometimes branched stems. Leaves concentrated near the ends of stem and branches, thick and fleshy. Inflorescences 1-many pendent spikes, arising below the leaves. Flowers translucent cream to straw-yellow, sweetly scented at night. Petals almost circular; lateral sepals spreading elliptic; lip broad and curving downwards; spur 5-7 mm slightly swollen in the middle.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In high rainfall Brachystegia woodland and riverine evergreen forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:May - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 114 - 115. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 318.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 20.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 50.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 423 - 424. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 74 - 76. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 276. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 95.

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 95. as Diaphananthe xanthopollinium

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 118.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 46. (Includes a picture).

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 189 - 190. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Diaphananthe xanthopollinia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118850, retrieved 29 May 2024

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