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Globba L.
Mantissa 2: 170 (1771); Holttum, Gard. Bull. Singapore 13: 21 (1950); Lim, Notes R. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 31: 243-285 (1972); R.M. Sm., ibid. 45: 1-19 (1988), reg. rev.

     Small herbs with short, creeping rhizome, roots tuberous. Inflorescence terminal on the leafy shoot, lax or congested; bracts green or variously coloured, each subtending a few- to many-flowered cincinnus, lower ones often bulbiliferous; bracteole open to the base; flowers white, yellow, pink, orange, or purple; calyx turbinate to campanulate, 3-lobed to 3-dentate; corolla tube slender, long; labellum 2-lobed to entire, connate to the filament above the staminodes; lateral staminodes petaloid, free from labellum, elliptic, inserted at about the same level as the petals; anther with or without lateral appendages, apical crest absent. Capsule usually globose, smooth, verrucose or ribbed, dehiscent; seed with lacerate aril. 2n 16, 22, 24, 28, 32, 34, 48, 64, 80, 96; 32 and 48 the most frequent numbers. (From Kubitzki, et al., p. 487)

Geographical Distribution:
     Found in the eastern tropical Himalaya to S China and throughout India and Indochina to Malaysia; most species in the Indochinese monsoon region.

Taxonomic Diversity:
     Comprises about 100 species. Globba now includes those species formerly assigned to the genus Mantisia.

Globba winitii C.H. Wright
Globba annamensis Gagnep.
Globba annamensis Gagnep.
Globba orixensis Roxb.
Globba purpurascens Craib.

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