Podangis Schltr.
  • Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 82 (1918)

This is a synonym of Angraecinae Summerh.

General Description

Epiphytic, entirely glabrous herb. Stem usually abbreviated, erect Leaves iris-like, equitant, fleshy, with imbricate bases. Inflorescence an axillary open subumbellate raceme shorter than the leaves; bracts small, scarious. Flowers resupinate, narrow, medium-sized; ovary narrowly long-pedicellate. Sepals and petals free, spreading; petals slightly shorter. Lip orbicular, with a long, narrowly conical spur inflated and often bilobed at the apex. Column short, with a foot; rostellum narrow, bifid; anther terminal; pollinia 2, globose, each with a narrow stipes; viscidium solitary, relatively large.

Epiphytic psygmoid herbs. Roots basal. Stem leafy. Leaves fleshy, bilaterally flattened, arranged in a fan, linear-tapering, acute, articulated to basal, imbricate leaf sheaths. Inflorescence shorter than leaves, unbranched, many-flowered in heads; bracts triangular. Flowers resupinate, campanulate, pure white with a green anther, pedicel and ovary white. Sepals and petals free, subsimilar, elliptic. Labellum concave, fan-shaped, entire or obscurely trilobed, ecallose, spurred at base; spur pendent, clavate or tapering from a broader mouth. Column clavate; pollinia two, porate, each attached by a linear stipe (tegula) to an oblong viscidium; stigma circularoblong; rostellum porrect but upcurved and bifid at tip.


Pollen of these species has not been examined.


These two species are epiphytes in shady places in semi-deciduous rain forests and gallery forests, often near water, from sea level to 1900 m.


Podangis is a genus of two species, P. dactyloceras and P. rhipsalisocia (Rchb.f.) P.J.Cribb and Carlsward, from West and Central Africa, ranging from Senegal, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to Uganda and Tanzania, and south to Angola.


There are no uses recorded for Podangis other than occasionally being cultivated.


in Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36. 2: 82 (1918).

in Beih. Bot. Centr. 36: 82 (1918)

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa East Tropical Africa Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • South Tropical Africa Angola
  • West Tropical Africa Benin
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Ivory Coast
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo
  • West-Central Tropical Africa Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Gulf of Guinea Is.
  • Zaire


  • 1 Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 2 Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.W. & Rasmussen, F.N. Genera Orchidacearum: Volume 6. Epidendroideae (Part Three). (Oxford University Press: 2014).
  • 3 Schlechter, F.Richard Ru Original publication of Podangis. 36(2), (1918).

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Flora of West Tropical Africa
Flora of West Tropical Africa. Published on the Internet; http://apps.kew.org/efloras/
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa. Published on the Internet; http://apps.kew.org/efloras/
WCS higher taxonomy
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