Acineta alticola C.Schweinf. 1951

Disected flower Photos by Gunter Gerlach and His Stanhopinae Website

Fragrance Deep Shade CoolColdSpring

Common Name The Extreme Elevation Acineta

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Venezuela on sandstone bluffs, open forests, tepui summits and lowland forests at elevations of [150] 1500 to 1800 [2500] meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or occasional terrestrial or lithophyte with ovoid, compressed, shallowly grooved pseudobulbs subtended by several imbricating, evanescent sheaths carrying 2 to 4, erect, elliptic-lanceolate, plicate, attenuate below into the subpetiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a pendent to initially suberect, 6.8 to 13.2" [17 to 33 cm] long, to 15 flowered inflorescence with oblong-lanceolate, acute, concave, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carries fragrant, globose, nodding flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 Drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Dunsterville 1987 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #4 2006;