(pronounced: soh-ben-eh-KOF-fee-ah)


Vandeae subtribe Angraecinae

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Monopodial terrestrials and epiphytes. Stems short or elongate. Leaves alternate, distichous, strap-shaped, obliquely bilobed at the apex. Inflorescences axillary pedunculate racemes, subequal or longer than the leaves. Flowers resupinate, white. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip three-lobed at the apex, spurred. Column short, without wings or foot; pollinia 2, on a common stipe attached to two viscidia.


Named to honor the wife of German orchid taxonomist Rudolf Schlechter whose maiden name was Sobenikoff.


A genus of four species endemic to Madagascar.

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Hillerman, F. E. and A. W. Holst 1986. An introduction to the cultivated angaecoid orchids of Madagascar. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon.