(pronounced: row-ee-EL-lah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Ornithocephalinae

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Miniature, laxly pendent epiphytes. Pseudobulbs minute, unifoliate, subtended by two to three foliaceous bracts subequal to the leaf. Leaves linear-lanceolate, coriaceous. Inflorescences pendent, few-flowered racemes, usually forming plantlets from the basal nodes. Flowers strongly asymmetric, the lip uppermost. Sepals and petals subsimilar, free. Lip unlobed, cupped at the base, with a basal callus. Column thick, fleshy, “S”-shaped from the side, with two lateral stigmatic arms, the anther bed curved around the column apex; pollinia four, in two unequal pairs, the stipe narrow, subspatulate.


Named for German taxonomist Werner Rauh.


A genus of two species endemic to Brazil.

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Miranda, F. E. 1992. Rauhiella ornata Miranda sp. nov. Bradea 6(14):132-133.

Pabst, G. F. J. and P. I. S. Braga 1978. Rauhiella Pabst & Braga, eine neue Gattung der Orchidaceen. Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 99(2-3):143-145.

Toscano de Brito, A. L. 1993. Rauhiella silvana -- a new species of the subtribe Ornithocephalinae (Orchidaceae) from Bahia, Brazil. Lindleyana 8(2):103-105.