(pronounced: loo-EEZ-ee-ah)


Vandeae subtribe Aeridinae


Monopodial epiphytes. Stems elongate, rooting only at the base. Leaves alternate, distichous, terete, fleshy. Inflorescences axillary, sessile, fleshy, densely-flowered racemes. Flowers fleshy, rigid, white to green, usually with a dark maroon lip. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar or with much narrower and longer petals. Lip unlobed to obscurely three-lobed (appearing subauriculate), sessile, concave at the base, with the midlobe (epichile) defined by a transverse ridge. Column short, straight; pollinia 2, porate, with a broad common stipe and visicidum.


A genus of about 40 species throughout tropical Asia and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

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Seidenfaden, G. 1971. Notes on the genus Luisia. Dansk Bot. Arkiv 27(4):1-101.

Sulistiarini, D. 1986. Anatomi daun dan status kedukan taksonomi Luisia latipetala. Berita Biol. 3:143-145.

Sulistiarini, D. 1988. The orchid genus Luisia in Indonesia. Reinwardtia 10(4):383-398.