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This genus is accepted, and its native range is New Guinea.

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General Description

Epiphytic herbs. Roots terete, not or sparsely branching, glabrous, smooth. Stem rooting at the base, patent. Leaves 3–5, conduplicate, articulate, distichous, subfalcate, oblong, twisted at base so as to lie in one plane with stem, surface appearing velvety-opaque, margins finely crenulate, apex asymmetric. Inflorescence lateral, solitary, racemose, 5–12-flowered; peduncle elongated, patent, thinner than the swollen, angular, geotropic rachis. Flowers resupinate on pendent rachis, 1–3 cm wide, ephemeral, opening in succession or in successive groups, 1 to 12 at a time, quaquaversal, colourful, sometimes fragrant. Sepals and petals entire, free, obovate, concave, rounded to obtuse. Labellum hinged with apex of column foot, not spurred, trilobed, often with a callus between lateral lobes, midlobe spur-like but not hollow. Column semi-terete, ciliate or pubescent, sometimes with glandular hairs, column foot hardly discernible, shorter than column; anther helmet- shaped, pollinia four, hemispherical, in two subglobose masses, stipe longer than pollinia, oblong; rostellum bidentate after removal of pollinarium. Capsule oblong, angular and slightly curved.

Distribution

Dryadorchis comprises five species endemic to New Guinea.

Ecology

All species of Dryadorchis are epiphytes in coastal and other forests from 0 to 1700 m.

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Use

No uses have been reported for Dryadorchis; it is rare in cultivation.

Native to:

New Guinea

Dryadorchis Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1: 976 (1913)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2014). Genera Orchidacearum 6: 1-544. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0