(pronounced: sar-kan-THOP-siss)


Vandeae subtribe Aeridinae


Large monopodial epiphytes and lithophytes rooting at the nodes. Leaves alternate, distichous, oblong to strap-shaped, bilobed at the apex, very leathery. Inflorescences axillary, erect,long-pedunculate panicles, the floral bracts inconspicuous. Flowers fleshy-rigid, cupped, dull-colored, often with scurfy trichomes on the back surfaces. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar, subequal. Lip three-lobed, rigid, rigidly fused to the foot, with a keel-like fleshy callus. Column short, stout, with a short foot; pollinia 4, in two unequal pairs, and a common linear stipe and viscidium.


From the Greek opsis, meaning having the appearance, in allusion to the plants resembling the genus Sarcanthus.


A genus of about five species native to Australasia and the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Sarcanthopsis had been included in a broadly defined Vandopsis.

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