Saundersia was named in honour of Wilson W. Saunders (1809– 1879), an English orchid collector who provided material to Reichenbach. (MC).
WCM Protologue Reference:
Rchb.f., Bot. Congr. Lond.: 120 (1866)
Small (5–8 cm tall), epiphytic, caespitose, sympodial herbs. Pseudobulb unifoliate, ellipsoidal, often covered by bracts. Leaf conduplicate, bifacial, articulate, coriaceous, and eventually deciduous. Inflorescences one or two, lateral, glabrous, unbranched or branched, roughly the length of leaves or less, 5–40-flowered, bracts as long or longer than pedicels. Flowers mostly resupinate although orientation often irregular, yellow-green, reddish to white, often with a few reddish brown markings on sepals and petals. Sepal and petals free, similar in size and shape, lanceolate. Labellum lanceolate with a bilobed apex and an elongate, wedge-shaped callus extending onto apical portion of lamina and composed of a raised mass with a bifid apex. Column straight or retrorse, less than half the length of labellum, swollen apically, with a pair of forward projecting arms on sides of the stigmatic cavity; anther terminal to dorsal, anther cap glabrous, pollinarium with a flat stipe, about the same length as pollinia, caudicles irregular, viscidium apical, elongate, oval, entire, pollinia two, yellow, pyriform; stigmatic cavity ventral, circular, located just below rostellum. Ovary densely papillate. Capsule triangular in transverse section, ellipsoid. Seeds not seen. (MC).