(pronounced: plek-trel-MIN-thuss)


Vandeae subtribe Aerangidinae. Closely related to and resembling a robust Angraecum, Plectreliminthus differs by a complex column with an elongate rostellum.

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Robust monopodial epiphytes. Stems rarely branched, rooting at the base. Leaves alternate, distichous, strap-shaped, succulent-leathery. Inflorescences axillary, horizontal to pendent racemes, the floral bracts minute. Flowers showy, erect, not resupinate, in two ranks. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar. Lip unlobed, with an extremely elongate, twisted spur. Column large, culindric, erect, the anther with a beak-like projection; pollinia 2, each on a separate stipe connected to a common viscidium.


A monotypic genus native to tropical West Africa.

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Leroux, A. 1990. Plectrelminthus caudatus Lindl. L’Orchidoph. 92:103-104.