(pronounced: day-reh-GYE-nee)


Cranichideae subtribe Spiranthinae


Terrestrials with fleshy, villose, fasciculate roots. Leaves rosulate, linear-oblanceolate, petiolate, thin-textured. Inflorescences terminal pedunculate spicate racemes, the bracts and floral bracts conspicuous. Flowers tubular, white to greenish-white. Sepals and petals free, the petals appressed tothe dorsal sepal. Lip unlobed, clawed, subauriculate. Column slender, without wings or foot, the rostellum elongate; pollinia 2, on a common viscidium.


From the Greek deire, meaning neck, and gyne, meaning pistil, referring to the elongate neck on the ovary.


A genus of seven species from Mexico and northern Central America.

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Burns-Balogh, P. 1988. Monografia del genero Deiregyne Schlechter (Orchidaceae). Orquidea (Mex.) 11:131-201.

Catling, P. M. 1989. On the lectotypification of the genus Deiregyne. Lindleyana 4(4):184-191.

Gonzalez Tamayo, R. and D. L. Szlachetko 1995. Gracielanthus, a new genus of Spiranthinae (Orchidaceae) from Mexico and Central America. Fragm. Flor. Geobot. 40(2):759-765.