AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Agrostophyllum Blume in Bijdragen tot de Flora van Nederlandsch Indie; 1825, 3688, t.53
Synonyms:
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).
Description:
These epiphytic orchids have often elongate densely leaved, frequently pendulous stems and peculiar, tightly bracted, ball-like inflorescences.
Type species: Agrostophyllum javanicum Bl.
Distribution:
W. Indian Ocean to W. Pacific Note:
Notes:
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.
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; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/monocots/ 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)