Genus Gunnarella

Gunnarella Senghas,
Orchidee 39 (1988) 71

Monopodial epiphytic plants. Stem elongated. Leaves several, sheathing at the base, glabrous, dorso-ventrally flattened, articulate, duplicate, leathery. Inflorescence lateral, a raceme or a panicle. Flowers small, resupinate, white or yellowish. Sepals free or sepals and petals very shortly adnate at the base. Petals rather similar to the sepals. Lip mobile, without spur. Column-foot present. Pollinia 4, consisting of two masses split into 2 unequal halves, solid-waxy, caudicles absent, stipe present, viscidium present.

New Guinea, east to New Caledonia. About 10 species; in New Guinea 3 species.

Epiphytes in lowland forest.

This little known genus of small monopodial orchids in many ways resembles the hardly better known genus Calymmanthera, from which it differs in the unequal pollinia, not sharply pointed sepals, and the more fleshy lip, among other things.