(pronounced: aims-ee-EL-ah)


Vandeae subtribe Aeridinae. Because of floral convergence this genus was previously included in a broadly defined Angraecum in the subtribe Angraecinae.

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Miniature monopodial epiphytes. Stems short. Leaves alternate, distichous, fleshy-leathery. Inflorescences axillary racemes. Flowers showy, white. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar, subequal. Lip three-lobed, sessile, with an elongate spur. Column short, without wings or a foot; pollinia 2, on a common linear stipe and viscidium.


Named to honor Oakes Ames, founder of the eponymous orchid herbarium of Harvard University.


A genus of two species endemic to the Philippines.

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Banks, D. P. and J. Cootes 1998. Amesiella philippinensis. Orchids Austral. 10(4):18-19.

Christenson, E. A. 1993. Sarcanthine genera 8: Amesiella Schltr. ex Garay. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 62(1):21-23.

Cootes, J. and D. P. Banks 1998. Amesiella monticola, a new species of Orchidaceae from the Philippines. Orchids Austral. 10:26-28.

Senghas, K. 1999. Eine zweite Art der Gattung Amesiella. J. Orchideenfr. 6(2):119-121.