Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Acostaea
Schlechter 1923
Type Species
Acostaea costaricensis

Acostaea is a genus of in the orchid family (Orchidaceae) comprised of six species


The genus is distributed from Central America to Ecuador.


The species are all very small, with the lateral sepals of the flower fused into a synsepal. The lip responds to touch by snapping upward against the column, which serves to trap an insect temporarily and force it to pollinate the flower. All species have two pollinia.


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 Costa Rican orchid collector Don Guillermo Acosta

Species Edit


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  • Pridgeon, Alec, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 1999

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