(pronounced: trah-KOH-mah)


Vandeae subtribe Aeridinae. Some authors combine Trachoma with a broadly defined Tuberolabium.

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Monopodial epiphytes. Stems short, rooting at the nodes. Leaves alternate, distichous, leathery, strap-shaped. Inflorescences axillary racemes, fleshy, the floral bracts minute. Flowers produced in short-lived successive flushes. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip obscurely three-lobed, saccate, without callus. Column short, without wings or foot; pollinia 2, on a common stipe with a minute viscidium.


From the Greek trachoma, meaning rough, referring to the appearance of the closely-spaced floral bracts on the rachis.


A genus of six species from Southeast Asia and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

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Savage, G. A. 1990. Conservation of rare and endangered plants: Trachoma stellatum. Orchid Rev. 98(1159):150-151.

Wood, J. J. 1990. Notes on Trachoma, Tuberolabium and Parapteroceras (Orchidaceae). Nordic J. Bot. 10:481-486.