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ORCHIDS

Arnottia A.Rich., Mém. Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 4: 29 (1828).
Description:
Herba terrestris radice tuberculifera, caule monophyllo, floribus spicatis.Flores resupinati. Sepala inaequalia, lateralibus majoribus alaeformibus patulis, impari minore erecto. Petala angustiora ascendentia. Labellum posticum, ecalcaratum petalis basi coalitum et conforme. Anthera resupinata loculis subparallelis basi divergentibus, glandulis nudis.
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Etymology:
Scottish botanist from Glasgow who originally trained in law at the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen but gave up that career to study plants. George Arnott worked as an assistant to W.J. Hooker at Glasgow (1830-1840), describing the plants of Beechey's voyage and latterly standing in for him when Hooker took up a position as Director of Kew. Arnott was later appointed Regius Professor of Botany at Glasgow (1845-1868). The genus Arnottia A. Rich. was named in his honour. His herbarium and library was acquired by GL but the phanerogams were later transferred to Edinburgh (E-GL) on permanent loan.
Species:

Arnottia imbellis (Frapp. ex Cordem.) Schltr. Réunion.
Arnottia inermis (Thouars) S.Moore Mauritius.
Arnottia mauritiana A.Rich. Mascarenes.
Arnottia simplex (Frapp. ex Cordem.) Schltr. Réunion.

World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/ accessed 04.01.2015
Bibliography and References:
Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.A. & Rasmussen, F. eds. (1999). Genera Orchidacearum 1. Oxford Univ. Press.
Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.A. & Rasmussen, F. eds. (2001). Genera Orchidacearum 2. Oxford Univ. Press.
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