AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Manniella Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 109 (1881).
Description:
Terrestrial herb. Rhizome short, vertical. Leaves gathered in the basal rosette, petiolate. Inflorescence terminal. Flowers long tubular, slightly arched. Lip long clawed, very thick with two basal lobules. Gynostemium sigmoid. Column foot oblique, adnate to the ovary. Staminodes large, wing-like, relatively thick, fleshy, clinandrium absent. Stigma entire, flat, oval. Rostellum very small, inconspicuous. Viscidium tiny. Rostellum remnant shallowly notched. Anther immovable, incumbent, 2-chambered, obovate with very thick connective. Pollinia 2, compact.

Distribution:
W. Trop. Africa to Tanzania
Species:

 

Manniella cypripedioides Salazar & al. Bioko, SW. Cameroon
Manniella gustavi Rchb.f. W. Trop. Africa to Tanzania

 

 

World Checklist of Monocotyledons. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/monocots/ accessed 1/16/2010
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