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Diaphananthe pellucida

Diaphananthe pellucida
Diaphananthe pellucida

Today's entry was written by Bryant:

Thank you to frequent BPotD contributor Bart Wursten (aka zimbart@Flickr) for today's images of Diaphananthe pellucida, submitted via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool (image 1 | image 2).

This primarily epiphytic (sometimes lithophytic) member of the Orchidaceae is native to evergreen forested areas in a number of different African nations. Diaphananthe pellucida grows at elevations between 600 and 1800 meters (~2000-6000 feet). Plants are commonly located in moist pockets on tree trunks and branches. The flowers typically measure about 2cm (.7 inches) across, and occur abundantly on long downward-drooping racemes (20-50cm). More photographs of this species in its native habitat can be found via the species page for Diaphananthe pellucida on the Tropicos website.



Stunning. Thank you.

The altitude range of this species goes quite a bit lower than 600 m in Central Africa. The specimen in the photographs was found at c. 450m and I have recorded this species in DRC before at c. 380m.

It's a beautiful flower with an even more beautiful name.

A wonderful photograph and I appreciate the links.

I'm with mizbonnie. The links really make you appreciate this plant. Thank you for your wonderful posts.

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