(pronounced: lank-es-ter-EL-lah)


Cranichideae subtribe Spiranthinae

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Miniature rosulate epiphytes. Leaves several, sessile. Inflorescences laxly pendent, few-flowered racemes, pubescent, the floral bracts conspicuous, pubescent. Sepals and petals free, subsimilar, subequal, appressed into a tube, the sepals pubescent on the outer surfaces. Lip unlobed, subsaccate at the base, without callus. Column short, the anther free from the column; pollinia 2.


A genus of 10 species ranging from Costa Rica to Bolivia.

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Dod, D. D. 1996. Lankesterella orotantha. Bol. Soc. Dominicana Orq. 5(1):18-21.