(pronounced: rink-oh-STEE-lee)


Maxillarieae subtribe Oncidiinae

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From the Greek rhynchos, meaning snout, and steleos, meaning stalk, referring most likely to the elongated rostellum.


A genus of 14 species from Mesoamerica to Venezuela. Formerly included in a broadly defined Odontoglossum, Halbinger removed these plants to the new genus Cymbiglossum which for nomenclatural reasons was changed to Lemboglossum. Following these transfers

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Aguirre L., E. 1977. Odontoglossum cervantesii. Orquídea (Méx.) 6(10):295-307.

Bockemühl, L. and K. Senghas 1979. Odontoglossum apterum. Die Orchidee 32(3): Orchideenkartei Seite 137-138.

Baumann, W. 1990. Lemboglossum bictoniense, Lemboglossum uro-skinneri, 2 easy to grow species. Schlechteriana 3/90:119-121.

Halbinger, F. 1974. Odontoglossum maxillare. Orquídea (Méx.) 4(2):35-45.

Halbinger, F. 1975. Odontoglossum rossii y O. ehrenbergii. Orquídea (Méx.) 5(6):163-182.

Halbinger, F. 1976. Odontoglossum apterum y su variedad candidulum. Orquídea (Méx.) 5(10):314-326.

Halbinger, F. 1977. Odontoglossum galeottianum. Orquídea (Méx.) 6(4):103-113.

Halbinger, F. 1983. Cymbiglossum, Ticoglossum y Rhynchostele, tres generos derivados de Odontoglossum en Mexico y Centroamerica. Orquídea (Méx.) 9(1):1-12.

Rodríguez, R. L. 1979. Odontoglossum hortensiae. Orquídea (Méx.) 7(3):145-154.

Senghas, K. and L. Bockemühl 1978. Odontoglossum uroskinneri. Die Orchidee 29(3): Orchideenkartei 89-90.

Senghas, K. and L. Bockemühl 1978. Odontoglossum ehrenbergii. Die Orchidee 29(6): Orchideenkartei Seite 111-112.

Senghas, K. and L. Bockemühl 1980. Odontoglossum madrense. Die Orchidee 31(2): Orchideenkartei Seite 159-160.

Soto Arenas, M. H., G. Salazar and A. Rojas 1993. Nomenclatural changes in Rhynchostele, Mesoglossum, and Lemboglossum (Orchidaceae, Oncidiinae). Orquídea (Méx.) 13(1-2):145-152.