Diaphananthe rutila (Rchb. f.) Summerh.

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Diaphananthe rutila

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Diaphananthe rutila

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Rhipidoglossum rutilum (Rchb.f.) Schltr.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Pendent epiphyte or rarely lithophyte. Stem up to 40 cm long; roots c. 2 mm in diameter, often lightly attached to the host. Leaves several, up to 12 cm long, linear to oblanceolate, unequally 2-lobed at the apex, olive green, leathery. Inflorescences 1-many, more or less pendent, arising from the stem between the leaves. Flowers from purple-khaki in more exposed situations (see photos) to pale creamy in deeply shaded forest. Dorsal sepal broadly ovate; lateral sepals sickle-shaped, 2-4.5 mm long; petals almost round, 1.5-2.8 mm long. Lip broader than wide, curved down and backwards. Spur 6-11mm slender, incurved.
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Habitat: Occurring in riverine and montane evergreen forest, in high rainfall and mist-belt Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 550 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Mar
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 5 November 2005
Literature:

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 108 - 109. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 27.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 80.

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 424 - 425.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 72 - 73. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 272. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I.F. & La Croix T.M. (1983). Orchids of Bvumbwe The Society of Malawi Journal 36(2) Page 16.

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 Pages 91 - 93.

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 Pages 44 - 1.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 188 - 189. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 84. As Rhipidoglossum rutilum


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Diaphananthe rutila.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118820, retrieved 22 October 2019

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