(pronounced: hye-men-ORE-kiss)


Vandeae subtribe Aeridinae

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Miniature monopodial epiphytes. Leaves alternate, distichous, arranged in one plane, usually with finely toothed margins. Inflorescences short, few-flowered, axillary subcapitate racemes. Flowers cupped, translucent white. Sepals and petals free, spreading, the petals often inflexed and larger with denticulate margins. Lip unlobed, deeply saccate-spurred. Column very short, stout, with a long, bifid rostellum; pollinia 2, on a filiform-triangular common stipe and large viscidium.


From the Greek hymen, meaning membrane, and orchis, meaning orchid, referring to the delicate texture of the flowers.


A genus of ten species from Java and the Philippines to New Guinea.

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