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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 1/4/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 1/4/2013)
PlaceOfPublication Bot. Reg. 8: t. 686. 1823
Reference Benth. & Hook. Gen. Pl. 3:535. 1883.
Synonym Cyrtopera Lindl. in Wallich, Numer. List, n. 7362-64. 1832; Gen. & Sp. Orch. Pl. 189. 1833.
Description Erect, terrestrial herbs with lanceolate, plicate, ultimately deciduous leaves, the basal portions contracted into a sheathing petiole arising from the apex of the short, subconical, tuber-like pseudobulb. Inflorescence an erect, leafless raceme, pro- duced from the base of the tuber-like pseudobulb, equaling or exceeding the leaves. Flowers few to many. Sepals free, subequal, the laterals adnate to the foot. of the column. Petals subequal to the sepals, but narrower. Lip 3- lobed, the rounded, lateral lobes erect and converging over the column, the mid- lobe erect or recurved, sometimes 2-lobed, base of the lip produced into a saccate mentum continuous with the foot of the column. Column short, produced at the base into a foot. Anther terminal, operculate, incumbent. Pollinia 2-4, waxy.
Note A large genus of mainly Asiatic and African plants represented in Panama by a single species. There seems no point in citing here the extensive list of generic synonyms applicable only to the Old World plants.
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