(pronounced: noh-TILL-ee-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Oncidiinae

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Small caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs small or lacking, usually subtended by foliaceous bracts. Leaves one, oblong to elliptic. Inflorescences densely-flowered, pendent racemes, the floral bracts minute. Dorsal sepal and petals free, spreading, the lateral sepals free or variously fused. Lip unlobed, long-clawed or rarely subsessile, usually with a basal keel. Column with the anther dorsal, without a foot or wings; pollinia 2, on a onlanceolate-spatulate stipe and minute viscidium.


A genus of about 50 species throughout the Neotropics from Mexico to Bolivia and the West Indies. Equitant species formerly placed in Notylia are now separated as Macroclinium Barbosa Rodriguez. Species level taxonomy is notoriously difficult in Notylia a

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Dodson, C. H. 1967. Studies in orchid pollination, the genus Notylia. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 36(3):209-214.

Oesterreich, H. 1968. Eine dritte Notylia-Art aus Guatemala. Die Orchidee 19(1):16-19.

Salazar, G. A. 1994. Identity and synonymy of Notylia orbicularis (Orchidaceae: Oncidiinae). Lindleyana 9(3):175-182.