Genus Hylophila

Hylophila Lindl.,
in Wall., Cat. (1831) n. 7396

Sympodial terrestrial plants. Stem elongated, slightly succulent, basal part creeping, forming a rhizome, apical part erect. Leaves few, crowded, spirally arranged, sheathing at the base, glabrous, persistent, convolute, green, herbaceous. Inflorescence terminal, a several- to many-flowered raceme. Flowers very small to rather small, resupinate. Sepals free. Petals free, about as long as the dorsal sepal, usually cohering at the apices. Lip deeply sac-shaped, not mobile. Column sometimes with conspicuous stelidia; column-foot absent. Pollinia 2, sectile, caudicles present, stipe absent, viscidium present. Stigma without clearly separated lobes.

Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea; about 5 species.

Distribution in the Philippines
Batanes, Luzon (Laguna, Quezon), Mindoro, Sibuyan, Panay; 2 species.

Terrestrial in lowland and montane forest.

A member of the Goodyera alliance, easily recognised by the sac-shaped lip.