The Forgotten Zingirberales

Let's dedicate this morning to remembering the forgotten Zingiberales in the family Lowiaceae. This largely overlooked family contains one genus - Orchidantha. Their namesake comes from the uncanny resemblance their flowers have to those of orchids. One species is so easily mistaken that taxonomists named it Orchidantha maxillarioides, which means "Orchid flower that looks like a Maxillaria."

Not much is known about this group. They hail from southern China to Borneo and some species have evolved a pollination syndrome with dung beetles. Aside from that, this family is wide open for investigation as well as more respect!

Photo Credits: Tom Ballinger ( and Scholtz, C. H., Davis, A. L. V. and Kryger, U.

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