Huntleya burtii plate
Huntleya burtii plate from
Lindenia Iconographie des Orchidées

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
SubTribe: Zygopetalinae
Genus: Huntleya
Lindley 1837
Type Species
Huntleya meleagris

Huntleya is a small orchid genus that includes fourteen species


They occur in wet cloud forests at medium altitudes of Guatemala, Costa Rica, South America down to Bolivia. The type species Huntleya meleagris equally occurs in Trinidad.


These are epiphytic, pseudobulbless and often larger plants with subplicates leaves nearing forty centimeters long, erect and single-flowered. Distinctive features of this genus include it's lack of psuedobulbs, foliaceous, distichous sheathes forming a fanlike plant with narrow lightly veined leaves, and a single flowered inflorescence from the base of the leaf axil.


Keep plant frost free and at cool to intermediate temperatures. Keep plant in shade to moderate light. Potting media should not be allowed to dry out. Keep moist but not soggy. Water about every five to seven days. Plants should be potted in a well drain mix with medium fir bark with some perlite or in tree fern fibers. Plant is best grown in a basket


This genus was named after J.T. Huntley an English orchid aficionado.

Species Edit


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  • Pupulin, Franco. Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids vol 1 Acianthera - Kegeliella. Sistema Editorial y University of Costa Rica.

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