Genus Tainia

Tainia Blume,
Bijdr. (1825) 354

Sympodial terrestrial plants with short to rather long rhizomes. Pseudobulbs consisting of one or a few internodes, one-leaved. Leaves not sheathing at the base, glabrous, plicate, not deciduous, often with a long petiole, convolute, thin-textured. Inflorescence arising on a specialised leafless shoot (heteranthous), or lateral from the base of the pseudobulb, a few- to many-flowered raceme. Flowers small to rather large, resupinate. Sepals free. Petals free, fairly similar to the sepals. Lip without or with a short spur, not mobile. Column-foot very short to rather long. Pollinia 8, solid, caudicles present, stipe and viscidium absent.

Sri Lanka, tropical continental Asia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Islands; about 24 species.

Distribution in the Philippines
Luzon (Mt. Province, Benguet, Rizal), Mindanao (Agusan, Davao); 1 species [Tainia elmeri Ames].

Terrestrial in lowland and montane forest.

Members of this genus combine the habit of Chrysoglossum with the floral aspect of Eulophia; from both they differ in having 8 pollinia. Tainia is not often cultivated.