(pronounced: boh-LOO-see-el-lah)


Vandeae subtribe Aerangidinae

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Miniature monopodial epiphytes or occasional lithophytes. Stems short, rooting at the base. Leaves alternate, distichous, equitant, tightly arranged in fans, leathery. Inflorescences axillary, pedunculate, densely-flowered racemes, often secund, longer than the leaves. Flowers minute, tubular, white. Sepals and petals subequal, free. Lip unlobed or obscurely three-lobed, with a spur. Column fleshy, without wings or a foot; pollinia 2, attached by a pair of stipes to a common viscidium.


Named for Dr. Henry Bolus (1834--1911), a student of South African orchids.


A genus of 5 species found in tropical and southern Africa.

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Cribb, P. J. 1989. Orchidaceae, part 3. Fl. Trop. E. Afr. 413-651.