Maxillarieae subtribe Stanhopeinae


Caespitose lithophytes. Pseudobulbs ovoid, subtended by papery bracts. Leaves two or three, plicate, petiolate, elliptic-lanceolate. Inflorescences basal erect pedunculate racemes. Flowers bisexual. Sepals and petals free, spreading, the petals much narrower than other segments. Lip three-lobed, lying in one plane, minutely auriculate, the lateral lobes somewhat obscure, the epichile triangular. Column slender, arching, club-shaped at the apex, with small apical wings, without foot; pollinia 2, on a common stipe and viscidium.


Named for German orchidologist Emil Lueckel.


A monotypic genus endemic to Brazil previously included in Polycycnis.

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Gerlach, G. and M. W. Whitten 1999. Brasilocycnis, eine neue Gattung der Subtribus Stanhopeinae. Journ. Orchideenfr. 6(3):188-191.

Jenny, R. 1999. Lueckelia, a new genus in the Stanhopeinae. Austral. Orchid Rev. 64(4):14-16.

Jenny, R. 2000. Lueckelia, eine neue Gattung der Subtribus Stanhopeinae. Die Orchidee 51(1):[068]-[072].