AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Distylodon Summerh., Kew Bull. 20: 197 (1966).
Description:
The characteristic feature, from which the generic name is derived, is the curious pair of pointed teeth at the front of the rostellum of this orchid. When the pollinia are removed from the apex of the short column, the most unusual rostellum is revealed: it consists of 2 erect, subulate teeth, almost fang-like. The long narrow viscidia are attached along their whole length to the edges of these teeth.
Distribution:
Uganda

Notes:
Distylodon is an impressive Name for a tiny plant found by W. J. Eggeling in the Budongo Forest in western Uganda. It had been collected in July 1943 and grown in cultivation in Uganda until it flowered in April 1944. The complete flowering plant in liquid preservative was sent to the herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where it was eventually described in 1966. It was in fact the last new orchid genus that Victor Summerhayes published.
The specific epithet neatly complements the new generic name: Latin comptum, adorned.
Cultivation:
Not in cultivation
Species:

Distylodon comptum Summerh. SW. Uganda.
Distylodon sonkeanus Droissart, Stévart & P.J.Cribb Cameroon

Bibliography and References:
World Checklist of Monocotyledons. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/monocots/ accessed 17/03/2017