(pronounced: ak-ree-OP-siss)


Cymbidieae subtribe Acriopsidinae

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Caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs ellipsoid, of several nodes, wrinkled-grooved with age. Leaves 2--3, apical, linear to oblanceolate. Inflorescences axillary, erect, pedunculate panicles, the floral bracts inconspicuous. Dorsal sepal and petals free, spreading, the lateral sepals completely fused. Lip unlobed or three-lobed, clawed (hypochile), the claw boat-shaped, fused to the column for half its length, the blade (epichile) usually violin-shaped, with small central keels. Column club-shaped, with elongate linear parallel wings, the anther with a large wing-like hood; pollinia 4, in two pairs, on a narrow common stipe and minute viscidium.


From the Greek akris, meaning locust, and opsis, meaning appearance, for the supposed resemblance of the column to a locust.


A genus of six species distributed from northeast India to Australia and the Solomon Islands.

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Minderhoud, M. E. and E. F. de Vogel 1986. A taxonomic revision of the genus Acriopsis Reinwardt ex Blume (Acriopsidinae, Orchidaceae). Orchid Monogr. 1(1):1-16.