Anoectochilus

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Jewel orchids
Anoectochilus setaceus.jpg
Anoectochilus setaceus
1844 iIllustration[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Cranichideae
Subtribe: Goodyerinae
Genus: Anoectochilus
Blume, 1825
Type species
Anoectochilus setaceus
Blume
Species

See text.

Anoectochilus is a genus of about 50 orchids (family Orchidaceae) belonging to the subfamily Orchidoideae. They are sometimes called "Jewel orchids" because of their attractive foliar venation.

Etymology[edit]

The name is derived from the Greek words: aniktos (open) and cheilos (lip).

Characteristics[edit]

They range from the Himalayas to south China, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Guinea, Melanesia and Hawaii,[2] found in moist areas with deep shade. Most are small terrestrials, but a few are lithophytes with green or colored, velvetlike, intricate-veined leaves. The inflorescence on the erect central spike bears a few large pubescent and resupinate flowers with large, prominent lip. The petals form a hood together with the dorsal sepal. There are two stigma and two pollinia.

List of species[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walter Hood Fitch (1817-1892) del. Swan sc. William Jackson Hooker (1785—1865) ed. - "Curtis's botanical magazine" vol. 70 tab. 4123
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ "New plant and animal species found in Vietnam" CNN. September 27, 2007.
  • Ormerod Paul (2005). "Notulae Goodyerinae (II)". Taiwania 50 (1): 1–10.  (online : [1]).

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