(pronounced: hoff-my-ster-ELL-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Telipogoninae

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Miniature epiphytes lacking pseudobulbs, with prominent roots. Leaves small, semiterete, equitant. Inflorescences few-flowered racemes, flattened, winged, proportionately large for the plant size. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar, subequal. Lip three-lobed, sessile, without callus. Column very broad at the base, with broad rounded wings at the base, the rostellum recurved, fang-like; pollinia 4, in two unequal pairs, on an elongate, common, linear-spatulate stipe and minute viscidium.


Honoring W. Hofmeister, a microscopist.


A monotypic genus ranging from Colombia to Brazil and Bolivia.

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