Acianthera bicarinata plate
Acianthera bicarinata from Curtis's botanical magazine

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Acianthera
Scheidw. 1842
Type Species

Acianthera abbreviated as Acia. in horticultural trade, is a genus of in the orchid family (Orchidaceae).


Plants are distributed from Mexico through out tropical America.


This genus was formed from the subgenus of Pleurothallis due to DNA sequencing.


Keep plant in partial shade. Plant can be grown in cool to intermediate conditions. Pot the plant in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist.


This genus is named after its pointed antlers.


  1. Cryptophoranthus Barb.Rodr., 1881.
  2. Brenesia Schltr., 1923.
  3. Geocalpa Brieger, 1975
  4. Sarracenella Luer, 1981.
  5. Didactylus Luer, 2005.
  6. Unguella Luer, 2005.
  7. Arthrosia (Luer) Luer, 2006.
  8. Dondodia Luer, 2006.
  9. Ogygia Luer, 2006.

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