Gen. Pl., 65. 1789

Common names: Beard-flower
Etymology: Greek pogonias, bearded, alluding to bearded lip
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 513. Mentioned on page 498, 511.

Herbs, perennial, terrestrial, rather succulent. Roots few, scattered along slender rootstock producing shoots at wide intervals, slender, fibrous. Stems slender, solitary leaves inserted toward middle. Leaves ascending; blade fleshy-leathery. Inflorescences terminal, solitary flower or 2-flowered racemes; floral bracts foliaceous, prominent. Flowers resupinate, showy; lip bearing prominent adaxial fleshy crests divided into distinct cylindric processes, margins laciniate; pollinia 2, viscidia absent; stigma flat. Fruits capsules.


Temperate regions, North America, e Asia.


Species 3 (1 in the flora).