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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/19/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 11/19/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Aiton, Hort. Kew., ed. 2, 5:216. 1813.
Description Epiphytic herbs with more or less thickened, 1- to 2-leaved stems. Sepals free, equal, spreading, linear or linear-lanceolate, often long and acuminate. Petals similar to the sepals. Lip sessile, erect, more or less enfolding the column, base short or long and narrow, expanded into a broad lamina which is plane, rarely concave or somewhat cucullate. Column erect, usually shorter than the claw of the lip, more or less bialate, footless; anther operculate, incumbent, each cell with an obscure longitudinal septum; pollinia 8, 4 in each cell of the anther, broadly ovate and laterally compressed, ceraceous.
Note A genus of about 15 species. Flowers often large and showy.
Key a. Flowering scapes subtended by a leaf, often as long as or longer than the leaf; inflorescence usually several-flowered .......... 1. B. NODOSA aa. Flowering scape from the rhizome, not subtended by a leaf; inflores- cence usually i-flowered ......................................................... 2. B. ACAULIS
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