(pronounced: pen-neh-LAY-bee-um)


Vandeae subtribe Aeridinae

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Miniature monopodial orchids. Stems short. Leaves alternate, distichous, often twisted at the base to lie in one plane. Inflorescences short racemes, the bracts alternate, distichous. Flowers ephemeral, produced in succession. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip three-lobed, the lateral lobes much larger than the midlobe and with fringed apical margins, with a long, club-shaped spur. Column short, stout, without a foot; pollinia 2, on a common spatulate stipe and minute viscidium.


A genus of about 11 species ranging from northeast India to Borneo and the Philippines.

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Rao, A. S. and J. Joseph 1968(1969). Pennilabium proboscidium, a new orchid species from Khasi and Jaintia Hills, Assam, with incidental first record of the genus for India. Bull. Bot. Surv. India 10(2):231-233.