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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Laeliinae
Genus: Arpophyllum
La Llave & Lex. 1825
Type Species
Arpophyllum spicatum

Arpophyllum is a genus of the orchid family (Orchidaceae) which is found in Central to South America. The abbreviation used in horticultural trade is Arpo.


Plants are found growing on tree limbs from Mexico through Colombia, Venezuela and in Jamaica.


Plants have thin wiry roots and a single leaf with thicken pseudobulbs. Flowers of this genus have 8 pollina.


Grow plants in cool to warm temperatures in partial shade. Plants should be grown in a mixture of fine bark with perlite. Plants can also be potted in New Zealand sphagnum moss or tree fern fibers. Keep the potting mix moist but not wet or damp. Water when the mix begins to dry. To induce blooming keep plants cool.


The genus is named after its sickle-shaped leaves.


  1. Arophyllum Endl.

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