(pronounced: sayr-at-oh-STYE-liss)


Podochileae subtribe Eriinae

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Caespitose or trailing epiphytes. Pseudobulbs narrow, stem-like, short to elongate. Leaves one, terete to linear-oblanceolate. Inflorescences solitary axillary flowers (when short-stemmed) or axillary (when long-stemmed). Flowers tubular and barely opening to wide-opening, variable in color. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar. Lip variable, unlobed to obscurely three-lobed, clawed, callus absent or minimal. Column short, bilobed at the apex +/- a short foot; pollinia 8, sessile on a minute viscidium.


From the Greek keras or kerato, meaning horn, and stylis, meaning style, referring to the fleshy bilobed (horned) column.


A genus of 70 species from India and southern China to New Guinea and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

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Seidenfaden, G. and J. J. Wood. 1992. The Orchids of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Olsen and Olsen, Fredensborg, Denmark.