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Ancistrochilus is a genus of the orchid family (Orchidaceae), comprising only 2
species. The name is derived from the Greek words ankistron ("hook") and cheilos
("lip"), referring to the form of the lip.
These two species are cool to hot growing orchids, found from tropical West Africa
to Tanzania and Uganda. They grow on tree trunks and large branches at elevations
between 500 to 1100 m.
These are sympodial epiphytic plants with wide, characteristic conical or pyriform
pseudobulbs, carrying two to three broad, acute, lanceolate leaves. These leaves
are shed after growth has slowed down.
Three to four large and attractive, fragrant flowers, 8 cm across, then appear from               Ancistrochilus rothschildianus

the base of the mature leafless pseudobulb in a pubescent inflorescence. The                      Scientific classification
petals and sepals are dark-colored, rose pink . The three-lobed lip is magenta. It       Kingdom:            Plantae
ends in an elongated, narrow, curved projection.
                                                                                         (unranked):         Angiosperms

Species                                                                                  (unranked):         Monocots
                                                                                         Order:              Asparagales
   Ancistrochilus rothschildianus O'Brien 1907 : Rotschildt’s Ancistrochilus (W. Trop.
                                                                                         Family:             Orchidaceae
   Africa to Uganda)
   Ancistrochilus thomsonianus (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1897 (S. Nigeria to WC. Trop. Africa)     Subfamily:          Epidendroideae
                                                                                         Tribe:              Collabieae
References                                                                               Genus:              Ancistrochilus
   Christenson, E. A.. Ancistrochilus thomsonianus: the successful introduction of a                         Rolfe

   rare African species. Orchids 71(1): 30-32., 2002                                                       Species
   Mannens, P.. Niet zo vaak gezien in een collectie Ancistrochilus. Orchideeen             Ancistrochilus rothschildianus
   no.1: 9-10, 2002
                                                                                            Ancistrochilus thomsonianus

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