(pronounced: brow-TOH-nee-ah)


Epidendreae subtribe Laelinae. Cattleyopsis and Laeliopsis are recognized as separate genera by some authors.

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Caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs ellipsoid to ovoid, compressed. Leaves one to several, leathery, with entire or finely and irregularly-toothed margins. Inflorescences terminal, long-pedunculate pedunculate racemes or subumbels, the floral bracts inconspicuous. Flowers usually lavender-pink to reddish-purple. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subequal. Lip unlobed, tubular at the base, +/- keels and trichomes along the major veins. Column +/- a small basal appendage, without wings or foot; pollinia 4 or 8, with caudicles. Ovary with a nectary, visibly swollen or completely internal.


Dedicated to Arthur Broughton, an English botanist active in Jamaica.


A genus of six species from the West Indies.

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Diaz Dumas, M. A. and R. Perez 1986(1987). El redescubrimiento de Laeliopsis cubensis (Lindl.) Lindl. (Orchidaceae) en Cuba. Rev. Jardin Bot. Nac. La Habana 7(2):15-20.

Sauleda, R. P. and R. M. Adams 1984. A reappraisal of the orchid genera Broughtonia R. Br., Cattleyopsis Lem. and Laeliopsis Lindl. Rhodora 86:445-467.

Sauleda, R. P. and R. M. Adams 1989. A revision of the West Indian orchid genera Broughtonia Robert Brown, Cattleyopsis Lemaire and Laeliopsis Lindley. Orchid Digest 53:39-42.