(pronounced: hem-ee-PEEL-lee-ah)


Orchideae subtribe Orchidinae

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Terrestrials arising from flesy fasciculate roots or tubers. Leaves one, basal, sessile, broadly ovate, often richly patterned. Inflorescences terminal, pedunculate, the floral bracts inconspicuous. Flowers resupinate, often secund. Sepals and petals free, subsimilar, subequal, the doral sepal and petals forming a hood over the column. Lip unlobed to three-lobed, sessile, +/- basal keels, with a short to elongate spur. Column short, the rostellum large, erect-recurved, flanked by a pair of staminodia; pollinia 2, on separate caudicles.


From the Greek hemi, meaning half, and pilos, meaning felt, referring to the sparsely pubescent lip of the type species.


A genus of 16 species native to northern India, China, Myanmar, Thailand, and Taiwan,

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Seidenfaden, G. 1977. Orchid genera in Thailand V, Orchidoideae. Dansk Bot. Arkiv 31(3):6-149.