(pronounced: gram-MANG-giss)


Cymbidieae subtribe Cyrtopodiinae

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Caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs ellipsoid, compressed, glossy. Leaves 3--5, elliptic, leathery. Inflorescences basal pedunculate arching racemes. Flowers Lycaste-like, strongly isoceles-triangular, glossy. Sepals and petals dissimilar, free, spreading. Lip three-lobed, the callus of multiple parallel keels. Column winged, with a short, fleshy foot’ pollinia 2, sessile on a common viscidium.


From the Greek gramma, meaning letter, and angos, meaning vessel. The significance of the name is obscure.


A genus of two species endemic to Madagascar.

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Bosser, J. and P. Morat 1969. Contribution a l’étude des Orchidaceae des Madagascar, IX. Les genres Grammangis Rchb. et Eulophiella Rolfe. Adansonia, sér. 2, 9(2):299-309.

Herndon, C. N. 1999. Grammangis. Orchids 68(9):926-931.

Senghas, K. 1996. Grammangis ellisii (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1860. Die Orchidee 47(1): Orchideenkartei seite 819-820.