Genus: Spathoglottis

Ground Orchid

Spathoglottis is a genus of terrestrial orchids native to South East Asia, India, the Philippines and Australasia that are typically found growing on hillsides among grasses and low bushes. The plants resemble small palm trees with pleated leaves up to 30 cm long. The unbranched inflorescence is tall, 75 cm or more, and bears numerous flowers arranged in a terminal cluster in shades of red, yellow or white. The plants have crowded pseudobulbs that are only partially buried in the soil and enclosed in dry sheaths.
This genus has several species that are of horticultural value. One species, Spathoglottis plicata, is widely used in landscaping in Hawaii and Florida, where it has naturalized and is potentially invasive.

North American Species in this Genus