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Genus Strongyleria

Genus Strongyleria

Strongyleria inedit

Epiphytic herb. Rhizome incumbent, internodes covered with slightly overlapping, tubular, pubescent sheaths. Roots filiform, branching, pubescent. Pseudobulbs cylindrical, fusiform, slightly swollen at the base, with 3-4 ovate to ovate-elliptic, acute, tubular, pubescent sheaths, 2- to 4-leaved. Leaves narrowly elliptic, shortly petiolate, sheathing at the base, unequally bilobed. glabrous except for the pubescent sheathing base. Inflorescences 2-3 on each pseudobulb, 4-5(-6)-flowered; rachis enclosed in overlapping, convex, pubescent floral bracts. Ovary sessile, accrescent, pubescent. Sepals and petals pubescent, particularly on the outer surface. Sepals thick, fleshy; median sepal narrowly elliptic to ovate-oblong, obtuse; lateral sepals ovate-oblong, slightly oblique. Petals ligulate or oblong, obtuse, fleshy. Lip entire, rhomboid, obtuse, V-shaped in cross section, fleshy, apex thickened and minutely papillose, glabrous above, hirsute below; callus a narrow fleshy band extending from near the base, where it is broadest, to below the apex. Column-foot curved. Anther ovate, cucullate, emarginate, smooth or rugose.
(After Wood, 1981).



Malesia (Borneo, Sulawesi, New Guinea).

Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2027 m

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Eriinae
  • Genus Strongyleria

Formerly Genus Eria Section Strongyleria

Genus Strongyleria in New Guinea contains 1 species:

Strongyleria hirsutipetala


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Genus Strongyleria

Strongyleria pseudoleiophylla, photo G. Stocker