(pronounced: payr-ee-STAYR-ee-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Stanhopeinae

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Caespitose epiphytes and terrestrials. Pseudobulbs large, ovoid-globose. Leaves several, lanceolate, plicate, petiolate. Inflorescences few to many-flowered racemes, erect to laxly pendent, produced with the new growth, the floral bracts minute. Flowers globose, fleshy. Sepals subsimilar, variously fused at the base. Petals free. Lip complexly three-lobed, articulated to the column foot. Column arching, fleshy, stout, with a long fleshy foot; pollinia 2, oblanceolate, deeply sulcate, sessile on a common viscidium.


A genus of about 15 species from Panama to Peru.

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Hawkes, A. D. 1965. Die Gattung Peristeria. Die Orchidee 16:26-29.