(pronounced: keh-gel-ee-EL-lah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Stanhopeinae

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Caespitose epiphytes with ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs subtended by a pair of conspicuous bracts. Leaves two, rarely one, plicate, erect, petiolate. Inflorescences pendent few-flowered racemes, the rhachis covered with bristly trichomes. Flowers cupped mostly by the incurved petals. Sepals and petals free, spreading, dissimilar. Lip three-lobed, clawed, with a large erect callus. Column arched, very broadly winged; pollinia two, cleft, on a long, strap-shaped stipe.


A genus of three species ranging from Guatemala to Panama, the West Indies, Trinidad, Venezuela, and Surinam.

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Dressler, R. L. and M. W. Whitten 1992. Kegeliella. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 61(7):684-687.

Jenny, R. 1982. Die Gongorinae, 7. Kegeliella. Die Orchidee 33:130-139.

Jenny, 1989. Kegeliella kupperi Mansfeld 1934. Die Orchidee 40(4): Orchideenkartei Seite 573-574.