(pronounced: war-ree-EL-lah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Zygopetalinae

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Caespitose terrestrials. Pseudobulbs small, of several nodes, completely concealed by the leaf bases. Leaves several, plicate, grading with the basal bracts, lanceolate, acuminate. Inflorescences elongate, erect, long-scapose few-flowered racemes, the floral bracts somewhat prominent, linear-lanceolate. Flowers cupped. Sepals and petals subsimilar, subequal, free, spreading. Lip obscurely three-lobed, with multiple parallel keels. Column straight, winged; pollinia 4, sessile on a common viscidium.


A genus of two species from northern South America.

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Garay, L. A. 1973. El complejo Zygopetalum. Orquideologia 8:15-51.