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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf epiphytic monopodial herbs
Morphology Stem
Stems very short, covered by sheathing leaf-bases
Morphology Leaves
Leaves distichous, fleshy-coriaceous, linear-elliptic
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 1–many, shorter than to longer than the leaves, densely few-flowered
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers large for size of plant, white with a green mark on the lip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals free, subsimilar
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip deflexed, entire, spurred at the base; spur pendent, clavate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column short, fleshy; rostellum porrect, hammer-shaped, 2-lobed; pollinia 2, globose; stipites 2, small, very short, filiform; viscidium obovate, large.

Native to:

Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Sphyrarhynchus Mansf. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 12: 706 (1935)

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. (2014). Genera Orchidacearum 6: 1-544. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • in N.B.G.B. 12: 706 (1935)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0