(pronounced: kry-soh-GLOS-sum)


subtribe Collabiinae, of unknown affinity.


Caespitose terrestrials. Pseudobulbs slender, conic. Leaves one per pseudobulb, erect, elliptic, long-petiolate. Inflorescences erect long-pedunculate racemes produced on specialized leafless growths, the floral bracts often conspicuous. Flowers cupped. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar, subequal. Lip three-lobed, mobile, short-sourred, the callus of undulate longitudinal keels. Column strongly arching, with central elongate wings, with short foot; pollinia 2, naked.


From the Greek chrysos, meaning gold, and glossa, meaning tongue, referring to the lip color of the type species.


A genus of four species from throughout tropical Asia and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

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Dam, D. P. and S. N. Dam 1980. Chrysoglossum erraticum Hook. f., a rare orchid from Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Bull. Bot. Surv. India 22:185-187.

van der Burgh, W. and E. F. de Vogel 1997. Revision of the orchid genera Chrysoglossum, Collabium, Diglyphosa, and Pilophyllum (subtribe Collabiinae). Orch. Monogr. 8:135-174.