(pronounced: nef-el-ah-FILL-um)


Arethuseae subtribe Bletiinae

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Trailing terrestrials. Roots sparse at base of new growth. Pseudobulbs cylindric, tapered from the base, fleshy-succulent. Leaves one, ovate, richly marked. Inflorescences very short terminal racemes. Flowers not resupinate. Sepals and petals free, spreading, strongly recurved, subsimilar, subequal. Lip unlobed or three-lobed, with a short spur. Column straight, lightly winged, terminating in three short teeth, the anther bilobed; pollinia 4, naked.


A genus of 17 species found from northeast India to to Borneo and the Philippines.

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Cavestro, W. 1995. Comment réussir la culture des Nephelaphyllum. L’Orchidoph. 115:28-30.

Cavestro, W. 1997. How to grow Nephelaphyllum. Orchids 66(6):612-615.