Genus Sarcophyton

Sarcophyton Garay,
Bot. Mus. Leafl. Harvard Univ. 23 (1972) 201

Monopodial epiphytes. Stem relatively short to elongated. Leaves several to many, distichous, sheathing at the base, glabrous, dorso-ventrally flattened, strap-shaped, deciduous, duplicate, thick leathery. Inflorescence lateral, a many-flowered panicle. Flowers small, resupinate. Sepals free. Petals free, usually somewhat shorter and narrower than the dorsal sepal. Lip rigidly adnate to the column, spurred; the back wall of the spur near the entrance provided with a large callus. Column short, rostellum gibbose. Column-foot absent. Pollinia 4, equal, arranged in 4 clearly separated bodies, solid, caudicles absent, stipe present, viscidium present.

Burma, Taiwan, the Philippines; 2 species.

Distribution in the Philippines
Luzon (Ilocos Norte, Rizal, Albay); 1 or 2 species.

Epiphytic in lowland forest.

Thick-leaved Vanda-like plants with small flowers very similar to those of Cleisostoma. Apparently distinguished from the latter by having 4 completely separated pollinia and a gibbose rostellum. It is of limited horticultural value.