AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Podangis Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 82 (1918).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Neowolffia O.Gruss, Orchid. Atlas: 239 (2007).
Description:
Stem very short, erect. Leaves gathered in a fan, iris-like, fleshy, imbricating at the bases. Inflorescence axillary, subumbellate. Flowers resupinate. Sepals and petals dissimilar. Lip orbicular, entire, simple. Spur conical from a wide mouth, swollen at the apex, Gynestemium short, rather massive. Stigma elliptic, deeply concave. Anther incumbent, operculate, thin-walled, elongate apically. Pollinia 2, ellipsoid, porate. Rostellum relatively large, tongue-like, truncate, lamellar. Viscidium single, lamellar, delicate. Tegula double, almost filiform, delicate, thin. Rostellum 3-dentate arter removal of pollinarium, both lateral lobes prominently larger than the small, acute middle one.
Type species:
Podangis dactyloceras (Rchb.f.) Schltr.
Habitat:
These two species are epiphytes in shady places in semi-deciduous rain forest and gallery forest, often near water, from sea level to 1900 m.
Distribution:
Trop. Africa
Species:

Podangis dactyloceras (Rchb.f.) Schltr. W. Trop. Africa to Angola and Tanzania.
Podangis rhipsalisocia (Rchb.f.) P.J.Cribb & Carlsward W. Trop. Africa to Angola

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