Eggelingia Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 14: 235 (1951).
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.
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.
This species, but from its habit and habitat, it should grow better mounted, at intermediate temperatures, in moderate to heavy shade.
|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.|
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