(pronounced: gal-ee-OH-lah)


Triphoreae subtribe Galeolinae


Massive achlorophyllous saprophytes. Stems elongate, vining, rooting at the nodes. Inflorescences axillary, produced along the length of the stems, massive, successively-flowered panicles. Flowers fleshy, cupped, yellow to brown. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip unlobed, sessile, concave to saccate. Column stout, clubpshaped, arching-bent; pollinia 2, cleft, granular.


A diminutive of the Latin galea, meaning helmet, in reference to the lip shape.


A genus of 10 species ranging from Madagascar ro New Guinea. Galeola has the distinction of including the world’s largest saprophytes.

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Pal, G. D. and N. R. Abbareddy 1982(1983). Galeola nudifolia Lour., a rare orchid from Subansiri District, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Bull. Bot. Surv. India 24(1-4):203-205.

Rao, A. S. and N. C. Deori 1973(1976). Galeola altissima (Bl.) Reichb.f., first report of its occurrence in India from North Cachar Hills, Assam. Bull. Bot. Soc. India 15(1-2):123-125.