(pronounced: ploh-koh-GLOT-tiss)


Arethuseae subtribe Bletiinae

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Terrestrials with stout rhizomes. Pseudobulbs erect, cylindric, succulent, of several nodes, the nodes with persistent remnants of sheaths. Leaves terminal, 1--2, plicate, petiolate. Inflorescences lateral from a node on the pseudobulb, erect scapose racemes. Flowers forming an active, one-time, spring-trap mechanism. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip unlobed, hinged, deflexed upon opening of the flower, without callus. Column strongly erect; pollinia 4, in two pairs, with one of each pair sharing a caudicle.


A genus of 40 species ##

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Holttum, R. E. 1955. Notes on the pollination of orchids of the genus Plocoglottis. Mal. Nat. J. 9:111-115.

Pijl, l. v. d. 1941. The movements of the lips of Plocoglottis (Orchidaceae). Natur. Tijdschr. 101:272-274.