Monographs Details: Phragmipedium
Authority: Mori, S. A., et al. 1997. Guide to the vascular plants of central French Guiana: Part 1. Pteridophytes, gymnosperms, and monocotyledons. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 76: 1-422.
Description:Genus Description - Terrestrials or rarely epiphytes, acaulescent or with very short stems, without pseudobulbs. Leaves several per growth, linear, distichous, coriaceous, sulcate above and carinate below. Inflorescences terminal racemes or few-branched panicles. Flowers medium-sized to large, the perianth deciduous; dorsal sepal free, the lateral sepals connate for entire length; petals narrower than sepals, frequently caudate; lip saccate; column short, terminated by shield-shaped staminode; fertile anthers 2. Capsules long-fusiform, trilocular. Albert and Pettersson (1994) consider Phragmipedium a synonym of Paphiopedilum Pfitzer.