(pronounced: kye-troh-GLOS-sah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Ornithocephalinae

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Miniature caespitose epiphytes producing fan-shaped growths. Pseudobulbs minute, subtended by several foliaceous bracts. Inflorescences axillary racemes. Flowers asymmetric. Sepals and petals subsimilar, subequal, linear-oblong. Lip three-lobed, sessile, subsaccate at the base, the callus basal, transverse, surrounded by trichomes. Column erect, asymmetrically twisted and bent backwards, without wings or foot; pollinia 4, in two unequal pairs, on a common spatulate stipe and minute viscidium.


From the Greek chytros, meaning pot, and glossa, meaning tongue, referring to the subsaccate base of the lip.


A genus of four species endemic to Brazil.

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Bock, I. Eine neue Chytroglossa-Art aus Brasilien. Die Orchidee 48(5):180-183.