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Spathoglottis Blume


Terrestrial herbs with pseudobulbs. Pseudobulbs globose to ovoid, sometimes depressed, each bearing a few leaves. Leaves long petiolate, elongate, narrow, plicate, not articulated. Racemes from a basal leaf axil, tall and slender. Flowers many; sepals and petals widely spreading, nearly equal; lip sessile, strongly 3-lobed, lateral lobes narrow, erect, midlobe clawed at base, dilated or widening and sometimes cleft at apex, disc with 2 callose protuberances near base; column slender, slightly curved, slightly enlarged toward apex, without foot at base; anther terminal, incumbent, 2-celled; pollinia 8, waxy, slightly cohering in two groups of 4, attached to a small viscidium; stigma solitary; rostellum undivided.

About 40 species, widespread from Sri Lanka, India, southern China, Himalaya and the Philippines, through Malaysia and Indonesia to Papua New Guinea, Australia and the Pacific Islands. One species in Taiwan.

Lower Taxon


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