Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Xerorchideae
SubTribe: Xerorchidinae
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.


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


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



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


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.

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