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Cautleya Hook.f.
Bot. Mag. ad t. 6991 (1888); Cowley, Kew Bull. 36: 747-776 (1982).

     Small herbs with short rhizome. Leaves with distinct, 2-lobed ligule. Inflorescence terminal on the leafy shoot; bracts often deep red, well spaced, each subtending 1 flower; bracteole absent; flowers yellow; calyx tubular; corolla funnel-shaped, tube short, lateral petals basally connate with labellum; lateral staminodes narrowly obovate, erect, connate to base of labellum for about half of their length; labellum broadly spathulate, emarginate or 2-lobed; filament short, anther versatile, crest absent, basally with 2 long spurs at right angles to the thecae; ovary 3-locular. Capsule globose, dehiscent; seeds with short, white aril. 2n = 34. From Kubitzki, et al., p. 484)

Geographical Distribution:
     Found in the Himalayan region from N India and Nepal to S China and N Thailand.

Taxonomic Diversity:
     Comprises two species.

Cautleya spicata Baker

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