Ancistrorhynchus metteniae (Kraenzl.) Summerh. 1944 Photo by Vincent Droissart and The Orchidaceae of Central Africa Website

Part shade Warm Cool Spring

Common Name or Meaning Metten's Ancistrorhynchus [German Orchid Enthusiast late 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Zaire Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania in shady evergreen forests at elevations of 900 to 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, pendant, warm to cool growing epiphyite with a short stem carrying several, linear, unequally bilobed apically, each lobe bidentate, articulated basally to the leaf sheath and blooming in the spring on a below the leaves, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with papery bracts.

Synonyms Angraecum cephalotes Kraenzl. 1889;. 1893; Cephalangraecum braunii (T.Durand & Schinz) Summerh. 1936; Cephalangraecum metteniae (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; Listrostachys braunii T.Durand & Schinz 1895; *Listrostachys metteniae Kraenzl 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1893 as Listrostachys mettinae drawing; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Brieger etal 1986; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo fide