Ancistrorhynchus capitatus (Lindl.) Summerh. 1944 Photo by Isobyl & Eric LaCroix

Plant and Flowers Photo by Guy Ramette-Vovan and his Gabon Orchids Website

Deep shade Hot Cool EARLY Spring

Common Name The Head-Shaped Ancistrorhynchus

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda, Zaire at elevations of 100 to 1300 meters in deep shade in evergreen forests as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying several, linear, stiff and leathery, unequally bilobed at the apex leaves with each lobe having 2 to 3 sharp teeth and gives rise to an axillary, 1" [2.5 cm] long, densly many flowered, racemose inflorescence with the flowers held beneath the leaves occuring in the early spring.

Synonyms Angorchis capitata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; *Angraecum capitatum Lindl. 1862; Cephalangraecum capitatum (Lindl.) Schltr.1918; Cephalangraecum gentilii (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918 ;Listrostachys capitata (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1865; Listrostachys gentilii De Wild. 1903

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Brieger etal 1986; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing/photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo good