Genus: Beloglottis

Plants in this small genus are generally terrestrial with fleshy roots and occur in tropical regions of Mexico, the West Indies and central America. A single species extends northward into Florida. Plants range from hills to semi-deciduous forests and other woodlands, including the shady interiors of hardwood hammocks. These small orchids have short, unbranched stems comprised of a basal rosette of iridescent leaves that are usually present during flowering. The inflorescence has inconspicuous, tubular, white to green flowers, with bright green mid-veins, and a pleasant fragrance. The exterior of the sepals, may be covered with fine hairs and the lobed labellum is clawed, with basal appendages and rounded side lobes. The column is generally large and club shaped.

North American Species in this Genus