(pronounced: ip-SIL-op-sis)


Vandeae subtribe Aerangideae; allied to Tridactyle Schlechter.

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Erect or pendent monopodial epiphytes with short stems. Leaves two-ranked, linear to strap-shaped, acute to bilobed, conduplicate, coriaceous. Inflorescences solitary or racemes, axillary from the older leafless bases of the stems. Flowers white or pale green. Sepals and petals subsimilar, free. Lip unlobed, with a long nectar spur. Column short, stout, with an elongate bilobed rostellum; pollinia 2, on a Y-shaped stipe.


A genus of four species restricted to East and South-central Africa.

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Summerhayes, V. S. 1949. African Orchids XIX. Kew Bull. 4:427-443.