Quekettia


Quekettia

Quekettia is a small genus of orchids in the family Orchidaceae, comprising 4 species. All species are found in Northern South America. The genus is named after Edwin John Quekett (1808-1847), an English microscopist and botanist.

The plants are small with tiny single leafed pseudobulbs enveloped by a few sheaths. The fleshy, red-spotted, terete and semi-terete leaves are grown from the base of the pseudobulbs. The tiny flower has a free dorsal sepal, and the petals and the lateral sepals form a tube that flares at the apex. A spurless lip is connected to the column foot. The column is winged and has an apical anther with two pollinas.

Quekettia papilose is a mini-miniature sized, vigorous growing epiphyte with a small pseudobulb. The single, terete leaf is apical and erect. It is found in Surinam and Brazil, growing in hot humid lowland or in northern coastal plains at lower elevations. During winter and spring, a loosely branched 5 cm long inflorescence bears few tiny flowers.


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