Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.,409. 1840
Tropical and subtropical regions, mostly South America, 2 in Central America.
Species ca. 25 (2 in the flora).
Authors of some neotropical floras have questioned the separation of Cleistes from Pogonia; most recent North American authors have followed O. Ames (1905–1922) in recognizing Cleistes, and we prefer to do the same until a detailed study suggests otherwise. The two North American species can reproduce asexually by root shoots.
|Author||Katharine B. Gregg + and Paul M. Catling +|
|Common name||Spreading pogonia +|
|Etymology||Greek kleistos, closed, alluding to lip and petals that diverge only near apex, forming tube for most of their length, the flower thus appearing closed +|
|Illustrator||Barbara Alongi +|
|Reference||ames1905a +, catling1992a + and fernald1946b +|
|Taxon name||Cleistes +|
|Taxon parent||Orchidaceae (tribe Vanilleae) subtribe Pogoniinae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 26 +|