(pronounced: plek-troh-FOR-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Oncidiinae. Formerly included in a broadly defined Trichocentrum Poeppig and Endlicher, Plectrophora are readily separated by their fan-shaped plants bearing usually equitant leaves and foliaceous bracts and the presence of a double

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Miniature, caespitose, laxly pendent epiphytes with fan-shaped growths. Pseudobulbs small, compressed, subtended by usually equitant, usually foliaceous bracts that grade with the leaf, concealed by imbricate bases of the bracts. Leaves solitary, often slightly smaller than the uppermost foliaceous bract. Inflorescences short, axillary pedunculate thyrses, subequal to the pseudobulbs. Flowers produced successively, +/- tubular. Sepals and petals free, subsimilar or with much broader petals, the lateral sepals with a long slender spur. Lip unlobed, tubular, often notched at the apex, with a long slender spur inside the sepaline spur. Column stout; pollina 2, on a common stipe and minute viscidium.


A genus of ten species native Mesoamerica and South America.

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Bock, I. 1999. Plectrophora triquetra (Rolfe) Cogn. 1904. Die Orchidee 50(3): Orchideenkartei Seite 901-902.

Jenny, R. 1999. Eine neue Plectrophora-Arten aus Brasilien. J. Orchideenfr. 6(1):42-47.