(pronounced: ay-NEE-ah)


Arethuseae subtribe Bletiinae


Caespitose terrestrials. Pseudobulbs ovoid, tapered to a long cylindric apex, unifoliate, concealed by scarious bracts. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, acute, long-petiolate, the petiole cylindric and of equal diameter to the pseudobulb apex. Inflorescences erect, pedunculate, few-flowered racemes, solitary from the base of a previously matured growth. Flowers campanulate. Sepals and petals free, subsimilar. Lip +/- three-lobed, the lateral lobes erect, the midlobe with parallel longitudinal keels, the base extended in a small, subsaccate spur. Column arcuate, with marginal wings running along its length, the clinandrium hooded; pollinia eight in four unequal pairs.


From the Greek ania, meaning trouble, perhaps referring to the difficult placement of this genus in a classification when first described.


A genus of eight species ranging from northeast India to the Philippines and New Guinea.

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Teuscher, H. 1971. Tainia hookeriana or T. penangiana? Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 40:803-806.

Turner, H. 1992. A revision of the orchid genera Ania, Hancockia, Mischobulbum, and Tainia. Orchid Monogr. 6:43-166.