AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Eggelingia Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 14: 235 (1951).
Description:
Epiphytic, monopodial herbs with long, slender, leafy stems. Leaves distichous, linear or ligulate, articulated at the base to persistent leaf sheaths, these sheaths bearing a hair-like ligule at the apex opposite the leaf. Inflorescences axillary, short, few-flowered. Flowers small, white. Sepals and petals free, sub similar. Lip entire, ovate, escallose, spurred. Column short, fleshy. Pollinia 2, ovoid; stipes 1, ligulate or Y-shaped; viscidium 1, large, rectangular, almost as long as stipes. Rostellum deflexed, triangular, bifid.
Notes:
The genus Eggelingia was established by v: S. Summerhayes in 1951 and named in honor of J. Eggeling, a forestry officer who collected the type species of the genus in Uganda.
Distribution:
Trop. Africa.
Cultivation:
This species, but from its habit and habitat, it should grow better mounted, at intermediate temperatures, in moderate to heavy shade.
Species:

Eggelingia clavata Summerh. W. Trop. Africa to Malawi.
Eggelingia gabonensis P.J.Cribb & Laan WC. Trop. Africa.
Eggelingia ligulifolia Summerh. E. Zaïre to SW. Uganda.

Bibliography and References:
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