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Genus Strongyleria

Genus Strongyleria

Strongyleria (Pfitzer) Schuit., Y.P.Ng & H.A.Pedersen, Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 186(2) (2018) 201

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