Sarcochilus R.Br., Prodr. (1810) 332
- Genus Gunnia Lindl., Edwards's Bot. Reg. (1834) sub t. 1699
- Genus Monanthochilus (Schltr.) R.Rice, Oasis
- Genus Parasarcochilus Dockr., Australas. Sarcanthinae (1967) 22
Monopodial epiphytic plants. Stem short or elongated. Leaves many, sheathing at the base, glabrous, dorso-ventrally flattened, not articulate, duplicate, leathery. Inflorescence lateral, a raceme or carrying a single flower. Flowers small to medium-sized, resupinate, yellow or white, the lip often with purple spots. Sepals free. Petals free, fairly similar to the sepals. Lip with or (not in New Guinea) without spur, mobile, spur inside with callosities. Column-foot present, about as long as the column proper. Pollinia 4, solid-waxy, caudicles absent, stipe present, viscidium present.