!Acostaea costaricensis Schltr.1923 Photo by Adam Karremans

Common Name or Meaning The Costa Rican Acostea

Flower Size 1/16" [5 mm]

A miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte from Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica at 100 to 1000 meters in elevation on mossy limbs in cool, moist tropical forests with orange and guava trees in extremly wet cloud forests with a short ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petilolate base lead where they can flower at any time of the year on an erect to suberect, to 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, successively few [3 to 8] flowered, fractiflex scape with a single flower at a time held well above the leaves.

Synonyms Acostaea colombiana Garay 1974; Acostaea costaricensis subsp. colombiana (Garay) Luer 1987; Acostaea costaricensis subsp. unicornis (Luer) Luer 1987; Acostaea glandulata P.Ortiz 1982; Acostaea pleurothalloides Schltr. 1923; Acostaea unicornis Luer 1983; Specklinia colombiana (Garay) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Specklinia mirifica Pridgeon & Chase 2001; Specklinia unicornis (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 22. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 102. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 284. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 285. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as A pleurothalloides; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; quideologia Vol 13 No 3 1979; Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Acostea, Condylago and Porroglossum Vol 4 1987; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo ok; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 001 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Orchids of Panama Williams 1980; The Field Guide to the Orchids Of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Pleurothallidarum IV Luer 1987; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Specklinia mirifica; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 43/3 2001 Drawing good; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo ok;

Acostaea costaricensis subsp. colombiana (Garay) Luer 1987 Photo courtesy of Arturo Carillo

Form found in Colombia

Synonyms Acostaea colombiana Garay 1974; Acostaea glandulata P.Ortiz 1982; Acostaea pleurothalloides Schltr. 1923; Specklinia colombiana (Garay) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Specklinia mirifica Pridgeon & Chase 2001

Acostaea costaricensis subsp. unicornis (Luer) Luer 1987 TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Form found in Panama

Synonyms Acostaea unicornis Luer 1983; Specklinia unicornis (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

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