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Schomburgkia crispa-01.jpg
Schomburgkia crispa, Illustration.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
Subtribe: Laeliinae
Alliance: Cattleya
Genus: Schomburgkia
Lindl., 1838
Type species
Schomburgkia crispa
Lindl., 1844
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Schomburgkia is a genus of plants belonging to the family Orchidaceae. This genus is named for Richard Schomburgk, a German botanist who explored British Guiana during the 19th century. Species in this genus are either ephiphytic or lithophytic in their growth habit. According to the Royal Horticultural Society Schom. is the official abbreviation for this genus.

The genus was named in 1838 by Lindley, with Schomburgkia crispa, a large sized, hot growing plant found in the tropical areas of Venezuela, Surinam, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, as the type species. In 1941, Schom. crispa was moved to the genus Laelia by L.O.Williams. Its accepted name is now Laelia marginata. The member species of Schomburgkia have since been moved to different genera: Myrmecophila, Laelia, and Pseudolaelia.


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