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Genus Erythrorchis Family Orchidaceae

Description: Climbing saprophytic herbs, monopodial; roots from nodes of the main stems, creeping over the surface of the substrate or aerial.

Leaves brown, scattered along the shoot, many, convolute.

Inflorescence racemose or paniculate, many-flowered, lateral or terminal; flowers resupinate. Sepals free, similar. Lateral petals free, similar to sepals. Labellum free, attached to the tip of the column foot; lamina not lobed, with numerous transverse, parallel ridges on both sides of median keel. Column lacking free filament and style; column wings absent. Column foot much shorter than column, tapering into the median ridge of the labellum. Anther incumbent, cap-like. Pollinia 2, waxy. Stigma entire. Rostellum absent.

Seeds crustose, winged.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 3 species, Asia, Malesia, Australia. Australia: 1 species (endemic).

Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Erythrorchis cassythoides

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