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Wullschlaegelia aphylla & calcarata.jpg
Wullschlaegelia aphylla (left)
Wullschlaegelia calcarata (right)
illustration circa 1895[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Calypsoeae
Genus: Wullschlaegelia
Rchb. f.

Wullschlaegelia is a genus of orchids, (family Orchidaceae), consisting of two species in the Caribbean Islands and to much of Latin America from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. These are myco-heterotrophic plants, lacking chlorophyll and subsisting entirely on nutrients obtained from soil fungi.[2][3][4]

The genus is named for botanist Heinrich Wullschlägel.


  1. ^ Alfred Cogniaux (1841 - 1916) - von Martius, Eichler, Urban: "Flora Brasiliensis" vol. 3 pt. 4 tab. 57 (http://www.botanicus.org/page/137045)
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2006). Epidendroideae (Part One). Genera Orchidacearum 4: 1-672. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
  4. ^ Nir, M. Orchidaceae Antillanae, 399-400, 2000