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40th Anniversary, CUHK
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Ania ruybarrettoi S. Y. Hu & Barretto

This orchid is named for Ruy Barretto who discovered and transplanted it in April, 1968. In 1969 it flowered in his garden and a specimen was sent to Kew for identification. The reply stated that it was Tainia virdifusca (Hook.) Bentham. After reviewing the literature on T. viridifusca and from a careful study of living and preserved material of our species we feel that they are related but not identical. Ania ruybarrettoi is closely related both to Ania hongkongensis (Rolfe) Tang & Wang and A. viridifusca (Hook.) Tang & Wang. It differs from the first species in that its flowers are much larger, with the lip 3-lobed, and with the apices of the lateral lobes distinctly ovate, 4-5 mm. long, the column 12-13 mm. long, the petals 2.7-3.5 cm. long, the spur not bilobed, and the restellum projected forward into a rounded lobe.

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