Anoectochilus setaceus plate
Anoectochilus setaceus plate from
A Century of Orchidaceous Plants

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Cranichideae
SubTribe: Goodyerinae
Genus: Anoectochilus
Blume 1825
Type Species
Anoectochilus setaceus

Anoectochilus abbreviated as Anct. in horticultural trade, is a genus of orchids (family Orchidaceae) belonging to the subfamily Orchidoideae.


They range from the Himalayas to tropical and subtropical Asia, south China, Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, found in moist areas with deep shade


Most are small terrestrials, but a few are lithophytes with green or colored, velvetlike, intricate-veined leaves. The inflorescence on the erect central spike bears a few large pubescent and resupinate flowers with large, prominent lip. The petals form a hood together with the dorsal sepal. There are two stigma and two pollinia.


Plants are usually grown in intermediate to warm conditions. Keep plants in a shady area. Pot with a well drain medium composed of sand, fir bark, perlite, and soil. Plants should be watered when potting medium dries.


The name is derived from the Greek words : aniktos (open) and cheilos (lip).


  1. Chrysobaphus Wall., 1826
  2. Anectochilus Blume, 1858

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