Diaphananthe rutila (Rchb. f.) Summerh.

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Diaphananthe rutila

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Chimanimani National Park.

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Synonyms: Rhipidoglossum rutilum (Rchb.f.) Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
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.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Occurring in riverine and montane evergreen forest, in high rainfall and mist-belt Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mar
Worldwide distribution:
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 15 January 2022

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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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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Diaphananthe rutila.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118820, retrieved 29 November 2023

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