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Govenia liliacea
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Govenia (J. R. Gowen, English gardener). Orchidaceae. Terrestrial orchids of Trop. Amer., seldom cult., of perhaps a dozen species: rhizomes thickened into tuber-like enlargements or pseudobulbs, the sts. erect and few-lvd.: lvs. large, narrowed at base: fls. in simple racemes, medium in size, short-pedicelled, mostly white, cream-colored or yellow and more or less red- spotted; sepals and petals of about equal length, the former connivent; lip very short, without spur, jointed to column; pollinia 4, broadly ovate. G. tingens, Poepp. & Endl. Height 2-3 ft.: lf.-blade elliptic, about 8 in. long: fls. yellowish, with transverse purple lines, much larger than those of G. superba; seems, lanceolate to oblong. Peru. G. superba, Lindl. Two ft.: fls. fragrant, yellow with red markings, sepals and petals acute: spike loose, erect. Mex. L.B.C. 18:1709. G. sulphured, Reichb. f. An odd species with onion- like pseudobulbs: lf.-blade cuneate-lanceolate and acuminate: fls. rather large; sepals sulfur-yellow; petals white with yellowish margin and purple lines; lip cordate-oblong, white with dark brown at apex. CH

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