(pronounced: payr-ee-stayr-AN-thuss)


Vandeae subtribe Aeridinae


Pendent monopodial epiphytes. Stems leafy. Leaves alternate, distichous, pendent-drooping. Inflorescences pendent, densely-flowered racemes, the peduncle extremely short. Flowers cupped. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip obscurely three-lobed, subsaccate, moveably hinged to the column foot, with a fleshy frontwall callus. Column strongly bent at the middle, with an prominent foot; pollinia 4, in two almost equal pairs, on a naroowly linear stipe and minute viscidium.


A monotypic genus endemic to Australia.

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Field, L. 1997. Some notes on Peristeranthus hillii. Orchadian 12(5):205.

Forster, P. J. 1988. Pollination of Peristeranthus hillii (Orchidaceae) by Metriorrhynchus rufipennis (Coleoptera: Lycidae). Coleopterist’s Bull. 42(2):166.

Hunt, T. E. 1954. A proposed new genus of the family Orchidaceae. Qnsld. Nat. 15(1-2):17-21.

Wallace, B. J. 1980. Cantharophily and the pollination of Peristeranthus hillii. Orchadian 6(9):214-215.