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Zeuxine strateumatica (Panoso).jpg
Zeuxine strateumatica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Cranichideae
Subtribe: Goodyerinae
Genus: Zeuxine
Lindl. (1826)
  • Adenostylis Blume 1825
  • Haplochilus Endl. 1841
  • Heterozeuxine T. Hashim. 1986
  • Monochilus Wall. ex Lindl. 1840
  • Strateuma Raf. 1836[1837]
  • Tripleura Lindl. 1833
  • Psychechilos Breda 1829

Zeuxine is a large genus of about 80 orchids belonging to the subfamily Orchidoideae. The members are mostly found to grow in wet grasslands.


Zeuxine species are terrestrial orchids dependent on symbiotic mycorrhiza. They usually go through a period of dormancy after flowering. The flowers have two deeply divided granular pollinia and two stigma.


Zeuxine is widespread across tropical Africa (Ghana, Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Angola, South Africa, Madagascar, etc.), Asia (China, Japan, India, Iran, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines etc.), New Guinea, Australia, and various islands in the Pacific. It is also naturalized in Brazil, the West Indies, Hawaii, and parts of the mainland United States.[1][2]



External links[edit]

  • Media related to Zeuxine at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Zeuxine at Wikispecies