(pronounced: krip-toh-KYE-luss)


Podochileae subtribe Eriinae

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Caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs ovoid-cylindric, subtended by clasping papery bracts. Leaves two, elliptic-lanceolate, petiolate, acute. Inflorescences terminal pedunculate racemes produced from maturing new growths, the floral bracts linear, two-ranked. Flowers tubular, secund. Sepals fused forming a barrel-shaped tube, the petals free, concealed by the sepaline tube. Lip unlobed, clawed, concealed by the sepaline tube. Column stout, without wings, with a short foot; pollinia 8, sessilbe on a common broad viscidium.


From the Greek kryptos, meaning hidden, and cheilos, meaning lip, referring to the lip which is obscured by the barrel-shaped sepaline tube.


A genus of two species from Nepal and southern China to Vietnam.

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Seidenfaden, G. 1992. The Orchids of Indochina. Opera Bot. 114:1-502.