(pronounced: trik-oh-GLOTT-iss)


Vandeae subtribe Aeridinae

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Monopodial epiphytes. Stems viny, erect or pendent, rooting at the nodes. Leaves alternate, distichous, leathery, often twisted to lie in one plane. Inflorescences subsessile axillary racemes, producing superposed inflorescences over time. Flowers two-ranked. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip three-lobed, spurred, with a backwall callus, the callus often tongue-shaped. Column short, with a short foot, the wings apical, blunt, usually pubescent; pollinia 4, in two tightly appressed pairs on a common linear stipe and viscidium.


From the Greek tricho, meaning hair, and kentron, meaning spur, referring to the narrow spurs found in some species.


A genus of about 60 species found from India to New Guinea and the Philippines. Species with long-pedunculate racemes or panicles are treated as the segregate genus Staurochilus.

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Seidenfaden, G. 1986. The reappearance of an interesting Trichoglottis (Orchidaceae). Kew Bull. 41(3):693-695.

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Williams, L. O. 1938. The genus Trichoglottis in the Philippine Islands. Philip. J. Sci. 65(4):385-397.