(pronounced: sar-koh-KYE-luss)


Vandeae subtribe Aeridinae

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Miniature monopodial epiphytes and lithophytes. Stems short, rooting at the base. Leaves alternate, distichous. Inflorescences axillary scapose few-flowered racemes. Flowers spreading or cupped, often fragrant. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip three-lobed, the midlobe minute, fleshy, saccate, flexibly articulated to the foot, with one or more calli inside the sac, the spur usually solid. Column short, stout, with a long foot; pollinia 4, in two tightly appressed pairs, on a narrow stipe and minute viscidium.


From the Greek sarx, meaning flesh, and cheilos, meaning lip, referring to the fleshy texture of the lips.


A genus of 14 species found from Australia to New Caledonia. Once broadly defined, several genera have been removed from a more narrowly defined Sarcochilus including Chiloschista, Grosourdya, and Pteroceras. The generic placement of several species remai

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