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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Tainia (Greek, band or fillet, alluding to the shape of the lip). Orchidaceae. Terrestrial warmhouse orchids. Sterile st. from a many-sheathed rhizome finally thickened into a pseudobulb: lf. single, terminal, large, long-petioled: flowering scapes arising from the rhizome, tall, leafless, base few-sheathed, bearing a simple terminal raceme: fls. pedicellate, sparse, rather large or medium-sized; sepals about the same length, narrow, acutish to acuminate; petals similar to the rear sepal or narrower; labellum affixed to the foot of the column, erect, gibbous at base, lateral lobes erect and parallel or clasping the column, the middle lobe spreading, short, broad; pollinia 8.—About 14 species, India, S. China, and Malaya.

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Tainia speciosa
*Tainia angustifolia
For the Greek headband, see tainia (costume)

Tainia is a genus of terrestrial orchids (family Orchidaceae) distributed from India, China, Southeast Asia to New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Australia.


The genera Ania Lindl., Ascotainia Ridl. and Mitopetalum Blume are generally included in Tainia. The genus Mischobulbum is also sometimes considered a synonym.

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