AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Subtribe Manniellinae Schltr. Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Mus. Berlin-Dahlem 9: 572. 1926.

Description:

Terrestrial herbs with fasciculate, fleshy, hairy roots and a condensed rhizome. Stem short, with a rosette of spiral, convolute, conduplicate, non-articulate, petiolate leaves. Inflorescence terminal, erect, many-flowered.

Flowers resupinate, spirally arranged, pubescent. Sepals free, the dorsal dissimilar to the oblique laterals, the latter forming a spur-like mentum adnate to the ovary for its entire length. Petals membranous. Labellum fleshy, entire or some-what bipartite.

Column elongate, geniculate near base and abruptly decurved and dilated near apex, pubescent, foot complete adnate to the ovary; anther bent forward, bithecate; pollinia two, loosely granular; viscidium tiny, elliptic; rostel1um short, remnant shortly bifid; stigma entire, large; staminodes prominent, enclosing the anther capo.

Capsule sessile.