Microsaccus Blume

First published in Bijdr. Fl. Ned. Ind.: 367 (1825)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Indo-China to Philippines.

Descriptions

General Description

Epiphytic herbs. Stem up to 20 cm long, often curved, simple or branching, leafy, rooting at base. Leaves laterally flattened, distichously arranged, usually imbricate at base. Inflorescences arising from leaf axils, one- or two-flowered, often borne opposite one another; floral bracts linear and ovate. Flowers white, fleshy. Sepals and petals usually not widely spreading. Sepals usually free, laterals sometimes joined at base to and decurrent along spur. Petals free. Labellum firmly adnate to base of column, entire, emarginate or slightly bilobed, ecallose, pitcher-shaped and quadrangular in outline, oblong, spurred; spur globose or narrow and shallowly conical, sometimes transversely compressed, ecallose. Column foot absent; pollinia four, equal, stipe linear-clavate, 1.5–3.0 times the diameter of the pollinia, viscidium narrowly elliptic.

Distribution

Microsaccus includes 13 species collectively distributed from Burma to Indonesia and the Philippines.

Ecology

Species are epiphytes in forests, open deciduous and evergreen swamp forests from 0 to 2000 m.

[A-EM]

Uses

Use

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

[A-EM]

Sources

  • Aeridinae: e-monocot.org

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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0