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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Assam to Peninsula Malaysia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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Ecology

Biermannia bigibba (Schltr.) Garay is recorded from forests at 600 m in Sumatra. Biermannia ciliata (Ridl.) Garay is recorded as epiphytic on roadside trees in Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia, and in riverine forests in Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand at elevations of 500–600 m.

General Description

Epiphytic herbs. Stems enclosed in leaf-sheaths. Leaves fleshy, linear, unequally bilobed, lobules acute, jointed and sheathing at base. Inflorescence racemose, lateral, several-flowered. Flowers resupinate, usually opening successively, short-lived. Sepals and petals free, subequal, lateral sepals attached to column base, usually broader. Petals shorter than sepals. Labellum sessile, narrowly but firmly adnate to column foot at a right angle, sides enveloping or parallel with the column, base with a slit-like opening leading to a hidden pouch, trilobed, lateral lobes parallel to or embracing the column, midlobe linear to narrowly ovate; spur absent or short-saccate (B. calcarata Aver.). Column with an abbreviated foot; pollinia two, waxy, ovoid, slightly grooved or with a small cavity, attached by a linear-oblong stipe to a viscidium.

Distribution

Biermannia has about 10 species and occurs in China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, and Bali.

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Use

No uses have been reported for Biermannia; it is rare in cultivation.

Doubtfully present in:

Borneo

Native to:

Assam, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Laos, Malaya, Vietnam

Biermannia King & Pantl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 66: 591 (1897)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2014). Genera Orchidacearum 6: 1-544. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

Aeridinae: e-monocot.org
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The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0