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Encyclopedia > Lowiaceae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Lowiaceae


The Lowiaceae are a family of monocot flowering plants, part of order Zingiberales. The family includes a single genus; the genera Lowia, Protamomum, and Wolfia are now generally included in genus Orchidantha.

Orchidantha is a poorly known genus, with 5-10 species indigeous to the Indomalaya ecozone, including Indochina, southern China, and Borneo. Orchidantha means "Orchid-flower", as one of the petals on the flowers is modified into a labellum, like the flowers of orchids. One species, Orchidantha inouei of Borneo, imitates the scent of dung in order to attract small Onthophagus dung beetles as pollinators.

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Anatomy of the unusual stigma in Orchidantha (Lowiaceae) -- Pedersen and Johansen 91 (3): 299 -- American Journal of ... (2691 words)
Nagamasu H. Sakai 1999 Orchidantha inouei (Lowiaceae), a new species from Borneo.
Ridley H. 1893 On the flora of the eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula.
Wu T. 1964 Lowiaceae, a family new to the flora of China.
A new pollination system: dung-beetle pollination discovered in Orchidantha inouei (Lowiaceae, Zingiberales) in ... (2373 words)
Pollinator groups found in the families and sources of the data are shown.
Lowiaceae are the only family in the Zingiberales in which pollination
Nagamasu, H., and S. Sakai.1999 Orchidantha inouei (Lowiaceae), a new species from Borneo.
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