(pronounced: bas-ker-VILL-ah)


Cranichideae subtribe Cranichidinae

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Rosulate terrestrials with fleshy fasciculate roots. Leaves petiolate. Inflorescences terminal pedunculate spicate racemes, the peduncle bracts often foliaceous, the floral bracts inconspicuous. Flowers numerous, not resupinate. Sepals free, spreading, petals asymmetric, clawed with the claws fused to the column. Lip three-lobed, saccate, fused to the base of the column. Column club-shaped, without a foot, stigma terminal, rostellum erect, prominent; pollinia 4, unequal, attached to a common minute viscidium.


Probably commemorating the English engraver John Baskerville (1706-1775).


A genus of seven species found from Nicaragua to Brazil.

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Dressler, R. L. 1993. Baskervilla leptantha, a distinctive new species from Costa Rica. Orquídea (Mex.) 13(1-2):265-268.