(pronounced: em-BREE-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Stanhopeinae

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Caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs ovoid, four-angled. Leaves one, petiolate, softly leathery in substance. Inflorescences pendent, one-flowered. Flowers large, showy, pendent. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip complex, divided into a hypochile, mesochile, and epichile. Column arching, club-shaped, with conspicuous wings; pollinia 2, on a common stipe and viscidium.


Honoring American orchid enthusiast Alvin Embree.


A monotypic genus from Colombia and Ecuador. Embreea was previously included in a broadly defined Stanhopea Frost ex W. J. Hooker.

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Dodson, C. H. 1980. Embreea, new genus in the Orchidaceae. Phytologia 46(6):389-398.

Jenny, R. 1985. The genus Embreea. Orchid Digest 49:65-66.