(pronounced: nye-DEE-mah)


Epidendreae subtribe Laeliinae. Nidema was previously maintained in a broadly defined Epidendrum but differs from that genus as well as Encyclia by having the lip completely free from the column without any basal fusion.

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Mat-forming epiphytes. Pseudobulbs separated by rhizome segments. Leaves one, linear. Inflorescences terminal, few-flowered racemes. Flowers cupped, white. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar, subequal. Lip unlobed, very shortly clawed, completely free from the column. Column lightly arching, the clinandrium narrowly hooded, without a column foot; pollinia 4, in two tightly compressed pairs.


A genus of two species occurring from Mexico to Peru and Brazil.

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