(pronounced: sye-kop-see-EL-lah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Oncidiinae. Formerly included in a broadly defined Oncidium, Psychopsiella is very close to if not the same as Psychopsis. It differs from the latter primarily in its trailing habit with the leaves closely appressed to the substrate.

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Creeping epiphytes. Pseudobulbs appressed to the substrate. Leaves one, leathery, marbled. Inflorescences erect solitary scapes. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip three-lobed, with a prominent basal callus. Column with large lacerate wings, without a foot; pollinia 2, on a common stipe and viscidium.


A monotypic genus endemic to Brazil and Venezuela.

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Baker, C. and M. Baker 1999. Psychopsiella limminghei. Orchids 68(7):700-703.

Lückel, E. and G. J. Braem 1982. Psychopsis und Psychopsiella: eine alte und eine neue Gattung der Oncidium-verwandtschaft. Die Orchidee 33:1-7.