(pronounced: kwiss-KWAY-ah)


Epidendreae subtribe Laeliinae; allied to Psychilis Rafinesque, the flowers resembling Tetramicra Lindley.


Caespitose epiphytes, lithophytes or terrestrials with warty roots. Stems slender, terete, with one to four close-fitting sheaths. Leaves one to four towards the stem apex, ligulate to ensiform with serrulate margins. Inflorescences terminal, solitary, few-flowered racemes. Sepals and petals subsimilar, free, spreading. Lip deeply three-lobed, flat, fused for a short distance with the column base, the basal callus continuous with anterior keels. Column semiterete, straight, with an apical tooth to each side of the anther; pollinia 8 in four pairs, at times 12 with two pairs smaller. Ovary continuous with the throat of the lip, forming an inclosed spur.


A genus of four species endemic to the island of Hispaniola.

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Dod, D. D. 1979. Quisqueya, a new and endemic genus from the island of Hispaniola. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 48(2):140-150.

Dod, D. D. 1984. Quisqueya: a new and endemic genus from the island of Hispaniola. Bol. Soc. Dominicana Orquideologia 2(2):40-53, 2(3):16-31.