(pronounced: siss-tee-loh-GLOS-sum)


Maxillarieae subtribe Oncidiinae

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From the Greek systellein, meaning to draw together, and glossa, meaning tongue, referring to the lip which is tightly appressed to the column for its length.


A genus of five species from Central America to Peru.

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Dressler, R. L. and N. H. Williams 1970. The genus Systeloglossum. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 39(4):323-329.

Garay, L. A. 1967. A Peruvian rarity: Diadenium bennettii. Orchid Rev. 75(894):414-415.