(pronounced: kam-pee-loh-SEN-trum)



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Monopodial epiphytes. Stems elongate and leafy, extremely short and leafless, or rarely elongate and leafless (one species). Leaves alternate, distichous. Inflorescences short to elongate densely-flowered racemes, often secund. Flowers tubular, inconspicuous, usually white. Sepals and petals free or shortly fused at the base. Lip unlobed or three-lobed, with a conspicuous spur, the spur subglobose or elongate, straight or curved. Column very short; pollinia 2, attached to one or two filiform stipes.


From the Greek kampylos, meaning crooked, and kentron, meaning spur, referring to the curved or bent spurs of most species.


A genus of about 55 species found throughout the Neotropics.

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