Amesiella Garay

After Professor Oakes Ames (1874–1950), writer on orchids and founder of the orchid herbarium at Harvard University.

Epiphytic herbs, monopodial. Stems short, simple, lacking pseudobulbs, roots fleshy. Leaves in 2 ranks, oblong-elliptic, fleshy. Inflorescences axillary racemes, with triangular bracts, stalk winged. Flowers resupinate, few, mostly white or cream. Sepals and petals similar, elliptic to spoon-shaped, broad, spreading, rounded at tip, the lateral sepals fused to the column foot. Labellum 3-lobed, joined to tip of column foot, with a curved spur at base. Column short, with a distinct foot. Pollinia 2, on a single stipe.

3 species from the Philippines.

Large, mostly white or cream flowers with a long curved spur at base of labellum.

Cootes & Banks (1998).

Source: Jeanes, J. (2005). Orchidaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Orchidaceae
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species         Amesiella philippinensis Ames