Pfitzer in H.G.A.Engler & K.A.E.Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 2(6): 133 (1887)
Glabrous, terrestrial herbs, normally evergreen, with rhizomes and fasciculate roots. Stem leafy, erect. Leaves cauline but clustered in lower portion of stem, distichous and fan-like, conduplicate, linear to narrowly lanceolate, coriaceous. Inflorescence terminal; bracts chartaceous. Flowers resupinate or not, reddish brown, white or green; pedicels longer than ovaries. Sepals spreading, lorate to lanceolate. Petals similar but shorter and wider, normally bent over column. Labellum shallowly trilobed, mostly spurred, midlobe spreading, sometimes curved and apically refl exed, with crenulate margin and papillae on disc, lateral lobes free. Column with a foot; anther incumbent; pollinarium with two hard, waxy pollinia, a single stipe, and viscidium; stigma in a cavity under beak-like rostellum. (HK, PL).