(pronounced: IP-see-ah)


Arethuseae subtribe Bletiinae; allied to Spathoglottis Blume.


Terrestrials with subterranean trailing cormose rhizomes rooting at the base of each segment. Leaves one or two, erect, linear-lanceolate, plicate. Inflorescences erect, scapose, one- to two- flowered racemes. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip three-lobed and sessile on a short column foot with longitudinal callus keels. Column long, arcuate, narrowly winged; pollinia 8, in two groups of four.


A genus of three species native to South India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

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Gangaprasad, A. N., W. S. Decruse, S. Seeni and S. Menon 1999. Micropropagation and restoration of the endangered Malabar daffodil orchid Ipsea malabarica. Lindleyana 14(1):38-46.

Kumar, C. S. and K. S. Manilal 1987. A synopsis of Ipsea (Orchidaceae). Kew Bull. 42(2):937-943.

Seidenfaden, G. 1997. Contributions to the orchid flora of Thailand XIII. Olsen and Olsen, Fredensborg.