(pronounced: an-gyew-LOH-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Lycastinae

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Caespitose terrestrials. Pseudobulbs ovoid, subtended by foliaceous bracts with the blades quickly deciduous, usually armed with spines at the apex. Leaves several, large, plicate, elliptic, acuminate, petiolate. Inflorescences basal one-flowered scapes, the bracts conspicuous. Flowers waxy, fleshy, globose. tulip-shaped. Sepals and petals free, subsimilar. Lip three-lobed, flexibly hinged to the column foot, with a central callus. Column stout, somewhat arching and club-shaped, with a long foot and wings; pollinia 4, in two tightly appressed unequal pairs, on a common linear stipe and viscidium.


Named in honor of Don Francisco de Angulo, the contemporary Director-General of Mines in Peru.


A genus of nine species and three natural hybrids from Andean South America.

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