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Genus Saccolabiopsis

Genus Saccolabiopsis

Saccolabiopsis J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 26 (1918) 93

Very small monopodial epiphytes. Stem very short. Leaves few, arranged in two rows, sheathing at the base, glabrous, deciduous, duplicate, leathery. Inflorescence lateral, a many-flowered raceme, rarely branched. Flowers very small, resupinate, thin-textured. Sepals free. Petals free, rather similar to the dorsal sepal. Lip adnate to the column, spurred, the spur inside without callosities. Column-foot absent. Pollinia 4, very unequal in size, arranged in two bodies, solid, caudicles absent, stipe present, viscidium present.

Species present in New Guinea:

Saccolabiopsis alata
Saccolabiopsis armitii
Saccolabiopsis microphyton
Saccolabiopsis pallida
Saccolabiopsis papuana
Saccolabiopsis pumila
Saccolabiopsis rara


Northeast India, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Pacific islands, east to Fiji. About 10 species; in New Guinea about 7 species.

Epiphytes in lowland and hill forest.

  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Vandeae
  • Subtribe Aeridinae
  • Genus Saccolabiopsis

Insignificant and rarely cultivated monopodial epiphytes in the affinity of Malleola, from whcih they differ in the number of pollinia.


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Genus Saccolabiopsis

Saccolabiopsis papuana J.J.Sm., floral analysis, drawing J.J. Smith, from Docters van Leeuwen 10681