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18. Schiedeella Schlechter, Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 37: 379. 1920.

[For Christian Julius Wilhelm Schiede, 1798–1836, a German naturalist and plant collector in Mexico]

Paul Martin Brown

Herbs, perennial, terrestrial. Roots tuberous, fleshy. Stems erect, with slender sheaths. Leaves senescing before or at anthesis, petiolate; blade broadly elliptic. Inflorescences spikes, few–many-flowered, in spiral or sloping downward from center in all directions. Flowers resupinate; sepals similar, connivent; dorsal sepal adnate to back of column, concave; lateral sepals adnate to column foot; petals linear; lip with distinct claw, central cinnabar-red disc, and 3 green stripes near apex; column slender, widened toward apex, with decurrent foot at base; stigmas 2, confluent; rostellum linear-triangular, apex acuminate; anther ovate-cordate; pollinia clavate, viscidium oblong, short; ovary cyclindric. Fruits capsules.

Species 9 (1 in the flora): montane tropical regions, Western Hemisphere.

Lower Taxon


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