Galeola

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Galeola
Galeola septentrionalis tutiakebi01.jpg
Galeola septentrionalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Vanilloideae
Tribe: Vanilleae
Genus: Galeola
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Species

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Galeola is a genus of orchids (family Orchidaceae) belonging to the subfamily Vanilloideae.[1]

All species in this genus are myco-heterotrophic, i.e. they are parasitic upon fungi. The genus is spread throughout southeast Asia (from India to China to New Guinea) as well as Madagascar and Comoros.[2]

Galeola is of biological interest because of its exclusive myco-heterotrophic nature and its seeds. The seeds are the biggest orchid seeds in the world. They are winged, which is also extraordinary for an orchid.

Species[edit]

At present, there are 6 currently recognized species:[2]

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