(pronounced: payr-ee-STYE-luss)


Orchideae subtribe Habenariinae. Peristylus has been previously included in a broadly defined Habenaria.

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Terrestrials arising from subterranean tubers. Leaves sessile or petiolate, several, usually clustered towards the center of the plant. Inflorescences elongate, scapose, laxly to densely-flowered racemes. Flowers inconspicuous, usually green to greenish white. Sepals and petals free, spreading, +/- subsimilar. Lip three-lobed, with a usually saccate-subglobose spur. Column very short; pollinia 2, granular, each on a separate caudicle.


A genus of about 80 species ranging from India and Sri Lanka to New Guinea, Australia, and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

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