(pronounced: kow-SEE-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Oncidiinae

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Small caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs ovoid-elliptic, strongly compressed, unifoliate, subtended by scarious, imbricating bracts. Leaves lanceolate. Inflorescences erect, few-flowered racemes. Dorsal sepal and petals subsimilar, free, spreading, the lateral sepals fused, forming a synsepal. Lip obscurely three-lobed, nestled in the synsepal, with a basal callus. Column very stout with the basal margins clasping the callus; pollinia two on a short stipe and minute viscidium.


Named for the type locality in the Department of Cauca, Colombia.


A monotypic genus native to Colombia and Venezuela.

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Hawkes, A. D. 1950. A new species of Gomesa R. Brown from Colombia. Lloydia 13(3):227-228.

Senghas, K. and L. Bockemühl 1987. Caucaea radiata (Lindl.) Mansf. 1934. Die Orchidee 38(5): Orchideenkartei Seite 501-502.

Sweet, H. R. 1970. Orquideas Andinas poco conocidas, II. Caucaea Schltr. Orquideologia 5:39-44.