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Aulotandra Gagnep.
Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr. 48: lxxix (1902); H. Perr. in Fl. Madagascar, 47. Zingiberaceae: 9-19 (1946).

     Low herbs from a short vertical or horizontal rhizome; roots sometimes with tubers. Leaves few. Inflorescence erect, lax, terminal on a separate leafless shoot; bracts 1-flowered; bracteole absent; flowers whitish with yellow, violet or red marks; calyx shortly tubular, 2-3 dentate, split down 1 side; corolla tube short; lateral staminodes reduced to 2 basal swellings; labellum petaloid, veriously lobed; base of labellum and filament forming a distinct tube above the insertion of the petals; free part of filament short, anther crest petaloid, vaviously lobed; ovary 3-locular. (From Kubitzki, et al., p. 493)

Geographical Distribution:
     Found in Cameroon and Madagascar.

Phylogeny and Classification:
     Phylogenetic anaslyses show that Aulotandra and Siphonochilus form a monophyletic group. Newman (2007)has transfered Aulotandra from subfamily Alpinioideae, tribe Alpinieae, to subfamily Siphonochloideae. Further study is merited in the African genera of Aulotandra, Siphonochilus and Kaempferia.

Taxonomic Diversity:
     Comprises about five species.

Aulotandra sp. courtesy of G. Schatz

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