From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Lowiaceae)

Orchidantha maxillarioides[3]
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Lowiaceae
Genus: Orchidantha
Type species
Orchidantha borneensi
  • Lowia Scort. 1886 not Hook.f. 1894
  • Lowia Hook.f. 1894 not Scort. 1886
  • Protamomum Ridl. 1893

Orchidantha is a genus of flowering plants. In the APG III system, it is placed in the family Lowiaceae,[2] as the sole genus.[5] It includes the plants in the formerly recognised genera Lowia and Protamomum.

Orchidantha remains a poorly known genus, found from southern China to Borneo.[4][6] Orchidantha means "orchid-flower", as one of the petals on the flowers is modified into a labellum, like the flowers of orchids.[7] One species, Orchidantha inouei of Borneo, imitates the smell of dung in order to attract small Onthophagus dung beetles as pollinators.[8]


Cladogram: Phylogeny of Zingiberales[9]


Orchidantha siamensis

As of August 2013, the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families accepted 17 species:[4][10]


  1. ^ "Orchidantha". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  2. ^ a b Angiosperm Phylogeny Group III (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. hdl:10654/18083.
  3. ^ 1894 illustration by Matilda Smith, published in "Curtis's Botanical Magazine" vol. 120 ser. 3 nr. 50 tabl. 7351
  4. ^ a b c Search for "Orchidantha", "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  5. ^ Stevens, P.F. "Lowiaceae". Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  6. ^ Flora of China Vol. 24 Page 319 兰花蕉科 lan hua jiao ke Lowiaceae Ridley
  7. ^ "Lowiaceae" Archived 2012-09-02 at the Wayback Machine. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 9 September 2011
  8. ^ Sakai, Shoko; Tamiji, Inoue (1 January 1999). "A new pollination system: dung-beetle pollination discovered in Orchidantha inouei (Lowiaceae, Zingiberales) in Sarawak, Malaysia". American Journal of Botany. 86 (1): 56–61. doi:10.2307/2656954. JSTOR 2656954. PMID 21680345.
  9. ^ Sass et al 2016.
  10. ^ Christenhusz, M. J. M. & Byng, J. W. (2016). "The number of known plants species in the world and its annual increase". Phytotaxa. 261 (3). Magnolia Press: 201–217. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.261.3.1.


External links[edit]