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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diseae
Subtribe: Brownleeinae
Genus: Brownleea
Harv. ex Lindl.

Brownleea is a genus of flowering plants from the orchid family, Orchidaceae, native to Africa and Madagascar.[1] Eight species are known.

  1. Brownleea coerulea Harv. ex Lindl.
  2. Brownleea galpinii Bolus
  3. Brownleea graminicola McMurtry
  4. Brownleea macroceras Sond.
  5. Brownleea maculata P.J.Cribb
  6. Brownleea mulanjiensis H.P.Linder
  7. Brownleea parviflora Harv. ex Lindl.
  8. Brownleea recurvata Sond.

In a classification of orchids that was published in 2015, the genera Brownleea and Disperis constituted the subtribe Brownleeinae of the tribe Orchideae.[2] A sister relationship between Brownleea and Disperis received only weak statistical support in a 2009 study.[3] In Genera Orchidacearum, the subtribe Brownleeinae was placed in the tribe Diseae,[4] but this tribe is no longer recognized because it has been shown to be paraphyletic over the tribe Orchideae.

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  1. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Mark W. Chase, Kenneth M. Cameron, John V. Freudenstein, Alec M. Pridgeon, Gerardo A. Salazar, Cássio van den Berg, and André Schuiteman. 2015. "An updated classification of Orchidaceae". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 177(2):151-174.
  3. ^ Richard J. Waterman, Anton Pauw, Timothy G. Barraclough, and Vincent Savolainen. 2009. "Pollinators underestimated: A molecular phylogeny reveals widespread floral convergence in oil-secreting orchids (sub-tribe Coryciinae) of the Cape of South Africa". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51(1):100-110. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.05.020.
  4. ^ Alec M. Pridgeon, Phillip J. Cribb, Mark W. Chase, and Finn N. Rasmussen. 1999-2014. Genera Orchidacearum Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-850513-6 (volume 1), ISBN 978-0-19-850710-9 (volume 2), ISBN 978-0-19-850711-6 (volume 3), ISBN 978-0-19-850712-3 (volume 4), ISBN 978-0-19-850713-0 (volume 5), ISBN 978-0-19-964651-7 (volume 6)


  • Berg Pana, H. 2005. Handbuch der Orchideen-Namen. Dictionary of Orchid Names. Dizionario dei nomi delle orchidee. Ulmer, Stuttgart