Ipsea speciosa plate
Ipsea speciosa plate from
The Curtis's botanical magazine

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Arethuseae
SubTribe: Bletiinae
Genus: Ipsea
Lindl. 1831
Type Species
Ipsea speciosa

Ipsea is a genus of the orchid family (Orchidaceae), comprising only 2 species.


Plants are found in India and Sri Lanka.


Plants usually have one leaf and rarely two. The flowers have eight pollina separated in two sections with four.


Plants require shade and intermediate to warm temperature requirements depending on the species. Plants should be potted in a mix that retain some moisture such as gravel. Medium should be kept moist during growing season. Repotting should be done after flowering.


The name is derived from the greek word "Ipse" which means self due to it's original thought to be an monotypic genus

Species Edit

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