Aspidogyne mendoncae

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Aspidogyne mendoncae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Genus: Aspidogyne
Species: A. mendoncae
Binomial name
Aspidogyne mendoncae
(Brade & Pabst) Ormerod
  • Erythrodes mendoncae Brade & Pabst (basionym)
  • Rhamphorynchus mendoncae (Brade & Pabst) Garay

Aspidogyne mendoncae is a species of orchid that grows in Brazil.


Aspidogyne mendoncae grows in humus on the floor of lowland forests, in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo.[1]

Taxonomic history[edit]

Aspidogyne mendoncae was first described by Alexander Curt Brade and Guido Frederico João Pabst in 1958, under the name Erythrodes mendoncae. In 1977, Leslie Andrew Garay transferred the species to a new, monotypic genus, Rhamphorhynchus, as Rhamphorhynchus mendoncae.[2] In 2008, Paul Ormerod concluded that the genus Rhamphorhynchyus could not be maintained as separate from Aspidogyne, creating the current combination, Aspidogyne mendoncae.[3]


  1. ^ Alec M. Pridgeon (2003). "162. Rhamphorhynchus". Genera Orchidacearum: Volume 3: Orchidoideae (Part 2), Vanilloideae. Oxford University Press. pp. 141–142. ISBN 978-0-19-850711-6. 
  2. ^ L. A. Garay (1977). "Systematics of the Physurinae (Orchidaceae) in the New World". Bradea. 2: 191–208. 
  3. ^ Paul Ormerod (2008). "Studies of Neotropical Goodyerinae (Orchidaceae) 3". Harvard Papers in Botany. 13 (1): 55–87. doi:10.3100/1043-4534(2008)13[55:SONGO]2.0.CO;2.