From the Greek aspis, shield, and gyne, woman, in allusion to the large rostellum with recurved sides that resembles a shield. (PO, PC).
WCM Protologue Reference:
Garay, Bradea 2: 200 (1977)
Leaves cauline but clustered near base, ovate to elliptic-ovate, petiolate, vaginate, sometimes silver-veined. Inflorescence pubescent to glandular-pubescent; peduncle with one to few scattered sheathing bracts; floral bracts glabrous to pubescent, equal in length to pedicel plus ovary. Flowers resupinate, ringent, the outer surfaces of the sepals glandular-pubescent. Dorsal sepal concave, erect. Lateral sepals free, subsimilar to dorsal sepal, spreading. Petals spathulate to oblanceolate, upper margin adnate to dorsal sepal but often free from it, membranous. Labellum bipartite, long-spurred at the base, recurved at the apex; hypochile concave to cymbiform, rarely with prominent side lobes; epichile transverse, entire, rarely fimbriate, recurved at apex; spur slender, elongate. Column elongate; rostellum large, entire, flabellate or oblong-ovate, the apex usually breaking at removal of pollinia, rarely emarginate, margins more or less revolute; anther erect; clinandrium shallow; viscidium rather large; stigmata two. Ovary cylindric-fusiform, short-pedicellate, glandular-pubescent. Capsule not seen. (PO, PC).