(pronounced: an-ciss-troh-KYE-luss)


Arethuseae subtribe Bletiinae

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Caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs globose to conic, ridged, somewhat flattened, concealed by papery bracts. Leaves 1--2 per pseudobulb, plicate, lanceolate, thin-textured. Inflorescences basal, pedunculate, arching, few-flowered racemes, with the peduncle, rachis, and ovaries pubescent. Flowers large, showy. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip three-lobed, the lateral lobes erect, attached to a short foot. Column elongate, lightly arching; pollinia 8, in two unequal sets of four, without stipes or viscidia.


From the Greek ankistron, meaning hook, and cheilos, meaning lip, referring to the recurved midlobe of the lip.


A genus of one or two species native to tropical Africa.

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