Diaphananthe fragrantissima (Rchb. f.) Schltr.

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Diaphananthe fragrantissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Diaphananthe fragrantissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Diaphananthe fragrantissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Diaphananthe fragrantissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Listrostachys fragrantissima Rchb. f.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Robust epiphytic herb with a pendent stem. Leaves pendent, often twisted at the base, linear-lanceolate, usually sickle-shaped, 10-45 cm long, thick and fleshy. Inflorescences 1-several pendent spikes, 20-60 cm long, arising below the leaves. Flowers borne in whorls of 2-4 at the nodes, greenish-yellow, creamy-yellow to almost white, with a rather musky scent. Dorsal sepal narrowly triangular, arching over the column; petals linear to oblanceolate; lateral sepals linear; lip broad and curving downwards, frilled on the sides, more or less 3-lobed at the apex; spur 6-12 mm, slightly swollen in the middle.
Notes: Very rare in Zimbabwe, recorded only from the Rusitu Valley.
Derivation of specific name: fragrantissima: most fragrant
Habitat: In high rainfall woodland and riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 750 m
Flowering time:May
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, DRC, Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Images last updated: Tuesday 11 November 2008

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Diaphananthe fragrantissima.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118800, retrieved 23 February 2018

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