Agrostophyllum Blume in Bijdragen tot de Flora van Nederlandsch Indie; 1825, 3688, t.53
Diploconchium Schauer, Nov. Actorum Acad. Caes. Leop.-Carol. Nat. Cur. 19(Suppl. 1): 428 (1843).
Chitonochilus Schltr. in K.M.Schumann & C.A.G.Lauterbach, Fl. Schutzgeb. Südsee, Nachtr.: 134 (1905).
Appendiculopsis (Schltr.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot., Suppl. 3: 119 (1995).
These epiphytic orchids have often elongate densely leaved, frequently pendulous stems and peculiar, tightly bracted, ball-like inflorescences.
Type species: Agrostophyllum javanicum Bl.
W. Indian Ocean to W. Pacific Note:
Derivation of genus name: From the Greek phyllon (leaf). This refers to the grass-like appearance of the leaves which is characteristic of some but not all of the species.

Agrostophyllum occidentale Schltr. Seychelles (Mahé, Silhouette), N. Madagascar.


World Checklist of Monocotyledons. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; accessed1/20/2010
Bibliography and References:
Schuiteman A. 1997 Revision of Agrostophyllum section Appendiculopsis (Orchidaceae), with notes on the systematics of Agrostophyllum. Orchid Monogr. 8. 1-20, 175, 181-187, pl.1-2 (1997)