(pronounced: hin-toh-NELL-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Ornithocephalinae

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Miniature pendent caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs minute, subtended by foliaceous bracts with the uppermost longer than the leaf. Leaves one, semiterete-sulcate. Inflorescences axillary, few-flowered, the floral bracts inconspicuous. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar, subequal. Lip obscurely three-lobed, with a transverse crest, the inner surface densely covered with glandular trichomes. Column erect; pollinia 4, in two unequal pairs, on an elongate common stipe and minute viscidium.


Dedicated to the botanical collector George Hinton.


A monotypic genus endemic to Mexico.

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Ames, O. 1938. Hintonella, a new genus of the Ornithocephalinae from Mexico. Bot. Mus. Leafl. 6(9):185-191.

Hagsater, E. 1977. Hintonella mexicana Ames. Orquidea (Mex.) 6(5):135-141.