Acostaea tenax Luer & R. Escobar 1982

Photo By Lisa Thoerle

Common Name The Tenacious Acostaea [refers to the restraining arms of the column foot]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Colombian rainforests at elevations around 2550 to 2840 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte weith ascending to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basallly by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical or narrowly elliptical to narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuseleaf with a cuneate base into the petiole that blooms on an erect, to suberect, loose, successively many [to 16] flowered, racemose, to 2 1/5" [to 5.5 cm] long, slender inflorescence with thin floral bracts. This species has the largest plant and flowers of the genus and also is the species that grows the highest in elevation of the genus.

Synonyms Specklinia tenax (Luer & R. Escobar) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 15 #2-3 1982 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Acostea, Condylago and Porroglossum Vol 4 1987; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo ok; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide