(pronounced: nee-OT-tee-ah)


Neottieae subtribe Listerinae. Recently Szlachetko has proposed a more broadly defined Neottia including species previously placed in Listera. These two genera are maintained in this work.


Achlorphyllous saprophytes. Roots coralloid. Stems erect, with tubular, non-foliaceous bracts. Inflorescences terminal spicate racemes. Flowers cupped. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip unlobed with a bilobulate apex, sessile, subsaccate at the base. Column straight, cylindric, the anther dorsal; pollinia 4, mealy, sessile on a minute viscidium.


A genus of nine species from Eurasia.

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Furuse, M. and S.-C. Chen 1988. The discovery of Archineottia (Orchidaceae) in Japan. Acta Phytotax. Sinica 26(1):69-73.

Jurcak, J. 2000. Die Wurzelanatomie von Neottia nidus-avis (L.) Rich. (Orchidaceae) unter Berücksichtigung der Mykorrhiza. Die Orchidee 51(3):[039]-[043].

Schick, B., G. Kunze and J. Bond 1987. Rostelldifferenzierung und Pollinarienbildung europaischer Orchideen, 3. Zur Morphologie und Histologie des Rostellums von Neottia nidus-avis (L.) Rich. Die Orchidee 38:197-201.