(pronounced: dip-low-MEHR-iss)


Orchideae subtribe Habenariinae

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Miniature terrestrials arising from a small tuber. Stems short, unbranched. Leaves one, subbasal. Inflorescences terminal scapes, rarely two-flowered. Flowers white, showy, large for the plant size. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip unlobed, subsimilar to the petals, long-spurred, without callus. Column short, with strongly divergent rostellum arms; pollinia 2, on separate elongate stipes and minute viscidia.


From the Greek diplous, meaning double, and meris, meaning portion, referring to the pair of projections on the column.


A genus of five species ranging from northeast India and southern China to Vietnam.

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Pandey, H. C., R. N. Tewari and P. Joshi 1980. Diplomeris hirsuta Lindl. (Orchidaceae), a new record from Western Himalayas. Indian Forester 106:869-871.

Rao, A. N. and M. S. Swaminathan 1987. Diplomeris josephii Nageswara Rao et Swaminathan, a new orchid from Arunachal Pradesh, India. Indian Orchid J. 2(1):5-7.

Rau, M. A. and C. M. Aurora 1973(1976). On the occurrence of Diplomeris hirsuta Lindl. (Orchidaceae) in Western Himalaya. Bull. Bot. Soc. India 15(1-2):138-139.