Galeola

Galeola

Galeola is a genus of orchids (family Orchidaceae) belonging to the subfamily Vanilloideae.

All Species in this genus are myco-heterotrophic, i.e. they are parasitic upon fungi. The Genus is spread throughout Asia (Madagascar to Japan) and contains 22 to 25 species.

Galeola is of biological interest because of its exclusive myco-heterotrophic nature and its seeds. The seeds are the biggest orchid seeds in the world. They are winged, which is also extraordinary for an orchid.

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