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Xerorchis


Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Xerorchideae
SubTribe: Xerorchidinae
Alliance:
Genus: Xerorchis
Schltr. 1912
Type Species
Xerorchis amazonica


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

DistributionEdit

Plants are distributed from French Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, to Brazil

DescriptionEdit

This is a very primitive genus consisting of terrestrial orchids. Xerorchis thrives in South America.

CultureEdit

NamingEdit

This genus is named after the dried habitat where the plants are found

TaxonomyEdit

It is unclear whether this genus should be classified in the lower or higher epidendroids.

Xerorchis has 8 pollinia, hence similar to the more advanced epidendroid genera of Epidendreae and Arethuseae. Yet its morphology, with unthickened stems and persistent leaves, is that of a bambusoid grass and makes it more similar to Tropidieae or Triphoreae.

Species Edit

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