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Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Genus Parent: Orchidaceae Status: Invalid Reason: unverified

Morphological Description

Diagnosis: This is the only orchid in the flora with a solitary, leathery, variegated leaf resembling a Sansieveria (Liliaceae). The genus, primarily African and Madagascan, is represented in the Neotropics by a single widespread species which is thought to have been naturalized and not native. The plants typically have a high fruit set and self-pollinating populations may exist.

Vegetative Morphology

Habit: aespitose terrestrials arising from very fleshy roots. Pseudobulbs ovoid, small, often obscured by bracts.

Leaves: Leaves solitary, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, leathery, usually variegated.

Reproductive Morphology

Inflorescence: Inflorescences erect long-pedunculate racemes or panicles, the floral bracts minute.

Flowers: Flowers produced +/- simultaneously or in rapid succession. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar, subequal, the lateral sepals often subparallel. Lip 3-lobed, saccate-spurred, with basal callus keels. Column arching, without wings, with a short foot; pollinia 2, flattened, on separate minute caudicles.