Meliorchis

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Meliorchis caribea
Temporal range: 15Ma
Miocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Cranichideae
Subtribe: Goodyerinae
Genus: Meliorchis
Species: M. caribea
Binomial name
Meliorchis caribea

Meliorchis is an extinct, early to middle Miocene orchid genus known only from a packet of pollen attached to the wing of a stingless bee trapped in Dominican amber. The sole species is Meliorchis caribea. Morphology of the pollinium shows that M. caribea is closely related to the modern genus Ligeophila.

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  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.A. & Rasmussen, F. eds. (1999). Genera Orchidacearum 1. Oxford Univ. Press.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.A. & Rasmussen, F. eds. (2001). Genera Orchidacearum 2. Oxford Univ. Press.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.A. & Rasmussen, F. eds. (2003). Genera Orchidacearum 3. Oxford Univ. Press
  • Berg Pana, H. 2005. Handbuch der Orchideen-Namen. Dictionary of Orchid Names. Dizionario dei nomi delle orchidee. Ulmer, Stuttgart