AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Taeniorrhiza Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 11: 166 (1943).
Description:
Epiphytica, aphylla. Caulis brevissimus, radices paucas compressas (vel late bialatas) taeniolis similes emittens, apice cataphyllis longe eaudato-acuminatis praeditus. Inflorescentiae ex axillis cataphyllorum ortae, uniflorae; pedunculus brevis, apice bracteis duabus instructus. Florespro rata magni, modice pedieellati. Sepala ovato-lanceolata, lateralia majora et obliqua. Petala curvatim lanceolato-ligulata, ut sepala ± patentia. Labellum e basi angusta subito dilatatum, orbiculari-ovatum, apice retusum,ecallosum sed nervis valde incrassatis; calcar leviter recurvatum vel fere rectum ex ore latiusculo usque ad apicem sensim attenuatum, postice cum lateribus columnae pedi adnatum. Columna inclinata, apice truncata, pedebrevi instructa, superne semiteres, marginibus inferne alatis in calcar decurrentibus : androclinium anguste excavatum, dorso adscendens ; anthera non visa; pollinia oblique ellipsoidea, infra stipitis apicem affixa, stipite uno inferne tereti superne valde dilatato ± oblique cupulari pollinia fere amplectente, viscidio carnoso ovato; rostellum porrectum, triangulare, acutum, viscidio amoto fere omnino bifidum; fovea stigmatica fere orbicularis.
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Distribution:
WC. Trop. Africa
Species:

Taeniorrhiza gabonensis Summerh. WC. Trop. Africa.

Bibliography and References:
Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.A. & Rasmussen, F. eds. (2003). Genera Orchidacearum 3. Oxford Univ. Press: Berg Pana, H. 2005. Handbuch der Orchideen-Namen. Dictionary of Orchid Names. Dizionario dei nomi delle orchidee. Ulmer, Stuttgart; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 16.03.2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/