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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Temp. Eurasia, Tropical Africa to SW. Pacific.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Leafless, achlorophyllose, saprophytic herbs with scape arising from tuberous rhizome
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Scape
Scape simple, erect, with a few basal sheaths
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence terminal, lax
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pedicellate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals subequal, free
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip wider than tepals, spurred, concave, with finely warted crests
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column short; anther short, broad; pollinia 2, sectile, each with a slender curved caudicle attached to a single broad viscidium; stigma prominent, broad; rostellum absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, pendulous.

[FZ]

Orchidaceae, I. la Croix & P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:1. 1995

Morphology General Habit
Leafless, saprophytic herb lacking chlorophyll; rhizome tuberous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Scape
Scape erect with a few basal sheaths; inflorescence terminal.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals free, subequal; lip spurred, concave with verrucose crests.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column and anther short; pollinia 2, sectile, each with a slender, curved caudicle and a single broad viscidium.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigma broad, prominent; rostellum absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, pendulous, developing quickly.

Native to:

Altay, Amur, Angola, Assam, Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Borneo, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Central European Rus, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East European Russia, East Himalaya, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, Hungary, India, Inner Mongolia, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Jawa, Kamchatka, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Krym, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Malawi, Malaya, Maluku, Manchuria, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New South Wales, Nigeria, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northwest European R, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Primorye, Queensland, Romania, Sakhalin, Solomon Is., South European Russi, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yugoslavia, Zaïre

Epipogium Borkh. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Tent. Disp. Pl. German.: 139 (1792)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2006). Epidendroideae (Part One) Genera Orchidacearum 4: 1-672. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.T.A. 7: 188.
  • Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holl. 330, 331 (1810)

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Tent. Disp. Pl. German.: 139 (1792).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holl.: 330, 331 (1810)

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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