(pronounced: trik-oh-TOSE-ee-ah)


Podochileae subtribe Eriinae

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Caespitose epiphytes, rarely trailing. Stems cane-like, leafy, erect, pendent, or scrambling. Leaves alternate, distichous, lanceolate, often covered shaggy pubescent. Inflorescences axillary racemes, covered with shaggy pubescence, sessile and congested to pedunculate, loosely-flowered, and subequal to the leaves. Flowers barely opening. Dorsal sepal and petals free, the lateral sepals fused with the column foot forming a sac, the back of the sepals shaggy pubescent. Lip unlobed or three-lobed, sessile or clawed, with low callus ridges. Column stout, without wings, with foot; pollinia 8, naked.


From the Greek trichotos, meaning hairy, from the villose leaves and bracts characteristic of the genus.


A genus of about 45 species from Nepal to the Philippines and New Guinea.

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Seidenfaden, G. 1982. Orchid Genera in Thailand X: Trichotosia Bl. and Eria Lindl. Opera Bot. 62:1-157.