Skip to main content
This genus is accepted, and its native range is India, Himalaya to Taiwan.
Diploprora championii (Lindl. ex Benth.) Hook.f.

[A-EM]
Distribution

Two species—D. championii and D. truncata Rolfe ex Downie— are collectively distributed in Sri Lanka, Andaman Islands, India, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, and the Ryukyu Islands.

Ecology

Both species are epiphytes from 200 to 1700 m. Diploprora championii is epiphytic on tree trunks or lithophytic in valleys between 200 and 1500 m in China. It is reported as an epiphyte on branches overhanging watercourses and in wet evergreen forests up to 700 m in Sri Lanka. Diploprora truncata is recorded as an epiphyte in evergreen forests at 1650 m in Thailand.

General Description

Epiphytic herbs. Stems pendent, terete or slightly flattened, sometimes branched, with many nodes. Leaves distichous, blade narrowly ovate to falcate-lanceolate, articulate to an amplexicaul sheath. Inflorescence lateral, racemose, few-flowered. Flowers appearing a few at a time, widely opening. Sepals and petals similar, free, spreading, abaxial surface of sepals carinate. Petals narrower than sepals. Labellum superior, spurless, broadly attached to column base, hypochile boat-shaped, with raised side lobes, epichile narrowed, apex forked into two tails, or truncate. Column lacking a foot; pollinia four, unequal, globose, stipe narrower at apex than at base, viscidium ovate.

[A-EM]
Use

No uses have been reported for Diploprora; it is uncommon in cultivation.

Native to:

Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, India, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Diploprora Hook.f. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Fl. Brit. India 6: 26 (1890)

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
All Rights Reserved

Kew Backbone Distributions
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 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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