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Genus Styloglossum

Genus Styloglossum

Styloglossum Breda, Gen. Sp. Orchid. Asclep. t. [7] (1827).

Terrestrial plants. Leaves usually longer than the inflorescence. Floral bracts usually deciduous at anthesis. Flowers entirely glabrous. Lip with lateral lobes absent or when present usually smaller than the midlobe, spurred,

Genus Styloglossum contains c. 50 species distributed from India, mainland southeast Asia, Malesia, thePacofic Islands to Samoa; in New Guinea 13 species.

  • Kakadzu, K. Vergleichende Untersuchungen an Calanthe der Ryukyu-Insel. Die Orchidee 45 (1994) 49-56; 113-118; 150-153
  • Yukawa, T. & P. Cribb, Nomenclatural Changes in the Genus Calanthe (Orchidaceae), Bull. Natl. Mus. Nat. Sci., Ser. B, 40 (2014)145–151
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Collabieae
  • Subtribe Collabiinae
  • Genus Styloglossum


Lip usually 3-lobed, or pandurate or 2-lobed == Genus Styloglossum section Styloglossum
Lip undivided, rather short.== Genus Styloglossum section Rhodochilus

Genus Styloglossum in New Guinea contains 13 species and 2 varieties:

Styloglossum aquamarinum
Styloglossum caulescens
Styloglossum cruciatum
Styloglossum habbemense
Styloglossum hololeucum
Styloglossum inflata
Styloglossum lancilabre
Styloglossum leucosceptrum
Styloglossum leucosceptrum var. bisubulifera
Styloglossum longifolium
Styloglossum rhodochilum
Styloglossum rhodochilum var. reconditiflorum
Styloglossum stella
Styloglossum ventilabrum
Styloglossum versteegii

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Genus Styloglossum

Styloglossum rhodochilum (Schltr.) T.Yukawa & P.J.Cribb, inflorescence, photo National Capital Botanic Garden, Port Moresby, collected in the Torricelli Mountains, PNG