AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Ancistrorhynchus cephalotes (Rchb.f.) Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 11: 206 (1944).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Listrostachys cephalotes Rchb.f., Gard. Chron. 1872: 1687 (1872).
Angraecum cephalotes (Rchb.f.) N.E.Br., Suppl. Johnson's Gard. Dict.: 873 (1882).
Cephalangraecum cephalotes (Rchb.f.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 136 (1918).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum glomeratum Ridl., Gard. Chron. 1885(2): 678 (1885).
Listrostachys glomerata (Ridl.) Rolfe in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 7: 166 (1897).
Cephalangraecum glomeratum (Ridl.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 136 (1918).
Ancistrorhynchus glomeratus (Ridl.) Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 11: 208 (1944).
Descrlption:
Stems 5-20 cm long, erect. Leaves several, 7-40 x 1-2 cm, linear, slightly folded at the base, bilobed at the apex, the lobes almost entire. Inflorescences densely many-flowered, surrounded by large, chaffy bracts. Flowers scented, white, the lip with a green or yellow blotch. Sepals and petals 4-7 x 2-3 mm, oblong or elliptic, obtuse. Lip 4-7 x 4-9 mm, obscurely trilobed, side lobes rounded, midlobe suborbicular; spur 6-10 mm long, almost straight, slightly swollen at the apex. Column 1 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphytic in evergreen forest.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, warm to cool growing epiphyte.
Distribution:
W. Trop. Africa
References:
African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 10.03-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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