Acostaea bicornis Luer1983

Photo courtesy of Daniel Jimenez G. in Costa Rica

Plant and Flowers

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name or Meaning The Two Horned Acostaea

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in cloud forests at elevations of 1320 to 2500 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with reed-like, strongly laterally compressed, flexuous stems carrying 2 to 7, elliptic, apically bilobed, coriaceous, basally clasping leaves that blooms on a terminal, sessile, occuring only once inflorescence carrying 1 to 3, simultaneously opening, resupinate, green, nocturnally fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Acostaea costaricensis subsp. bicornis (Luer) Luer 1987; Specklinia bicornis (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 54: 379 Luer 1983;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IV Systematics of Acostaea, Condylago and Porroglossum Luer 1987 as Acostaea costaricensis subsp. bicornis drawing fide; Lindleyana 16: 256 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Specklinia bicornis