Acostaea trilobata Luer 1975

Another Flower Photos courtesy of Patricia Harding

TYPE DrawingTYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Three Lobed Acostaea

Found in Ecuador on the eastern side of the Andes in tall cloudforests at elevations of 500 to 1850 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with ascending to erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical to narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf with the base cuneate or narrowly cuneate into a petiole and blooms in the summer and again in the late fall on an erect to suberect, loose, successively 3 to 9 flowered, racemose, to 2" [5 cm] long inflorescence with thin floral bracts. The major difference between this speceies and others is the 3 thick rounded lobes at the apex of the lip.

Synonyms Specklinia trilobata (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 13 No 3 1979; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Acostea, Condylago and Porroglossum Vol 4 1987; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo ok; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing ok

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