Zygostates

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For the public weigher of coinage in the Byzantine Empire, see Zygostates (Byzantine official).
Zygostates
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Zygostates papillosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
Subtribe: Ornithocephalinae
Genus: Zygostates
Lindl.
Species
Synonyms[1]
  • Dactylostylis Scheidw.
  • Dipteranthus Barb.Rodr.

Zygostates is a genus of orchids widespread across much of South America from Guyana to Argentina.[1]

The word is from the Greek ζυγοστάτης (zygostates, weigher, balance) and refers to the projections from the base of the column which resemble a balance.

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