(pronounced: sar-koh-GLOT-tiss)


Cranichideae subtribe Spiranthinae

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From the Greek sarx, meaning flesh, and glotta, meaning tongue, referring to the fleshy lip of the type species.


A genus of 40 species native from Mexico to Bolivia and Trinidad. The taxonomy of Sarcoglottis is in a state of chaos and a large number of distinct species have been misidentified as either S. acaulis or S. grandiflora.

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Christenson, E. A. 1998. The return of Sarcoglottis picta. Orchids 68(2):136-139.

Christenson, E. A. 1998. Sarcoglottis metallica in Guyana. Orchid Digest 63(1):17-19.

Christenson, E. A. and A. L. V. Toscano de Brito 2000. An artistic Sarcoglottis. Orchids 69(9):875-878.

Menezes, L. C. 1998. Eine neue Art der Gattung Sarcoglottis, Sarcoglottis gonzalezii. Die Orchidee 49(4):181-182.

Szlachetko, D. L. and Y. Veyret 1994. Two new species of Spiranthinae (Orchidaceae) from French Guyana. Fragm. Flor. Geobot. 39(2):471-474.