Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 37: 364. 1920.

Etymology: Greek (Latinized) belos, arrow, and glotta, tongue, possibly alluding to sagittate lip
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 522. Mentioned on page 499.

Herbs, terrestrial, sympodial. Roots fasciculate, fleshy, villous. Stems solitary, erect, rhizomatous, short. Leaves several, basal, petiolate; blade not articulate, involute when immature, margins entire. Inflorescences terminal, racemes, erect, scapose, laxly to densely flowered, slender. Flowers resupinate; perianth tubular; sepals subparallel, distinct or connate at base, apex spreading; lateral sepals with oblique, subdecurrent base; petals parallel and adnate to dorsal sepal; lip clawed, blade white with central green stripe, canaliculate, sagittate, 3-lobed, lateral lobes rounded, midlobe elongate-rounded, margins finely denticulate, lateral margins adnate to sides of column; column short, clinandrium inflated; stigmas 2, adjacent; rostellum erect, 2-lobed, 2-cleft, or 2-dentate, short; anther ovate, concave, base slightly cordate, apex acute; pollinia 4, clavate, soft, mealy; viscidium narrowly elliptic. Fruits capsules, erect, ellipsoid.


Tropical and subtropical regions, North America, Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America.


Species 10 (1 in the flora).

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James D. Ackerman +
Schlechter +
Tropical and subtropical regions +, North America +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +  and South America. +
Greek (Latinized) belos, arrow, and glotta, tongue, possibly alluding to sagittate lip +
Beih. Bot. Centralbl. +
Beloglottis +
Orchidaceae (tribe Cranichideae) subtribe Spiranthinae +