Genus Megalotus

Megalotus Garay,
Bot. Mus. Leafl. Harvard Univ. 23 (1972) 184

Monopodial epiphytes. Stem short. Leaves few, distichous, sheathing at the base, spreading in one plane, dorso-ventrally flattened, glabrous, deciduous, duplicate, leathery. Inflorescence lateral, a many-flowered raceme, pendulous. Flowers very small, resupinate. Sepals free. Petals free, narrower than the sepals. Lip adnate to the column, apex forked, spurred; spur inside without callosities. Column-foot absent. Pollinia 2, solid, entire, caudicles absent, stipe present, much longer than the pollinia, viscidium present, linear.

The Philippines, one endemic species [Megalotus bifidus (Lindl.) Garay].

Distribution in the Philippines
Luzon (Kalinga-Apayao, Nueva Ecija, Laguna), Mindoro, Leyte, Mindanao (Agusan, Cotabato).

Epiphytes in lowland forest.

Superficially similar to Malleola, with many-flowered pendulous inflorescences of quite small flowers, easily recognised by the forked apex of the lip. Not often cultivated.