Genus Aglossorhyncha

Aglossorhyncha Schltr.,
in K.Schum. & Lauterb. Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 133

Sympodial epiphytic or terrestrial plants. Stem elongated. Leaves many, sheathing at the base, glabrous, dorso-ventrally flattened, articulate, duplicate, stiff. Inflorescence terminal, very short, carrying a single flower or a pair of flowers. Flowers rather small, not resupinate, green, or yellowish with the lip darker green. Sepals free. Petals free, fairly similar to the dorsal sepal. Lip without spur, not mobile, strongly concave, clasping the column. Column-foot absent. Pollinia 4, solid-waxy, caudicles present, stipe absent, viscidium absent. Ovary glabrous.

Philippines, Moluccas, New Guinea, Palau, Bismarck & Solomon Islands, Fiji; about 12 species.

Distribution in the Philippines
Bohol, one as yet unnamed species.

Epiphytes in hill and montane forest, at higher altitudes also terrestrial in shrubby vegetation.

Species of Aglossorhyncha are thin-stemmed, shrub-like plants, similar in habit and related to Glomera. The long slender column and especially the not spurred, boat-shaped lip readily distinguish Aglossorhyncha. This genus, which has its centre of diversity in New Guinea, is hardly ever found in cultivation.