(pronounced: palm-OR-kiss)




Erect terrestrials resembling palm seedlings. Stems erect, short to long, leafy in their upper portions, rooting at the base. Leaves papery, lanceolate, with prominent veins, petiolate. Inflorescences terminal, shortly pedunculate congested racemes. Flowers ephemeral. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar. Lip three-lobed, +/- callus ridges and pubescence. Column elongate, with a very prominent rostellum; pollinia 4, soft.


A genus of 12 species from Central and South America.

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Dressler, R. L. 1983. Palmorchis in Panama mit einer neuen Art, P. nitida, an einem unerwarteten standort. Die Orchidee 34:25-31.

Dressler, R. L. 1984. Palmorchis en Panama: una nueva especie donde menos se le esperaba. Orquidea (Mex.) 9(2):213-223.

Schweinfurth, C. and D. S. Correll 1940. The genus Palmorchis. Bot. Mus. Leafl. 8(6):109-119.

Veyret, Y. 1978. Deux espèces nouvelles du genre Palmorchis Barb. Rodr. (Orchidaceae). Adansonia, ser. 2, 17(4):495-502.