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This genus is accepted, and its native range is S. India, Sri Lanka.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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Distribution

Diplocentrum has two species—D. recurvum and D. congestum Wight—from southern India and possibly Sri Lanka, the latter known only from a single 19th-century record.

Ecology

Both species are epiphytes in deciduous forests from 1200 to 1600 m.

General Description

Epiphytic herbs. Roots terete, unbranched, glabrous, smooth. Stem patent to erect, rooting at the base. Leaves conduplicate, articulate, distichous, linear to subterete, coriaceous; apex bilobed. Inflorescence lateral, racemose or paniculate, erect or pendent, many-flowered; rachis continuing the line of the peduncle, straight, glabrous. Flowers resupinate, about 0.5 cm wide, many opening simultaneously, quaquaversal, greenish or pinkish with pink to purple labellum. Sepals entire, free, obtuse. Petals shorter than sepals. Labellum rigidly attached, with two short spurs at base, entire, ligulate, longer than sepals; spurs conical, at right angles to ovary, without callosities inside. Column without column foot, with a transverse papillose lamella at base; pollinia four, compressed in two unequal pairs, stipe obspatulate, longer than pollinia, viscidium large; rostellar projection not elongate. Capsule obovoid.

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Use

No uses have been reported for Diplocentrum; it is rare in cultivation.

Native to:

India, Sri Lanka

Diplocentrum Lindl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Edwards's Bot. Reg. 18: t. 1522 (1832)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2014). Genera Orchidacearum 6: 1-544. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

Aeridinae: e-monocot.org
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The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0