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

Morphological Description

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Vegetative Morphology

Habit: Caespitose epiphytes, lithophytes, or terrestrials with stout rhizomes. Pseudobulbs present or reduced to short disks.

Leaves: Leaves one, elliptic, very leathery, sometimes spotted or suffused with reddish purple.

Reproductive Morphology

Inflorescence: Inflorescences pedunculate racemes or more commonly panicles, the floral bracts minute.

Flowers: Flowers small to large and showy. Sepals and petals usually free and subsimilar. Lip three-lobed, often violin-shaped, the callus very fleshy. Column erect, winged; pollinia 2, cleft, on a common stipe and viscidium.


Notes: Species of Lophiaris were previously included in a broadly defined Oncidium as the “Mule Ear” species on the basis of their leathery elliptic leaves. In high contrast, some molecular systematists include Lophiaris in a very broadly defined Trichocentrum.