Aganisia Lindl. 1839,abbreviated as Agn. in horticultural trade is a small South American genus in the orchid family (Orchidaceae), subfamily Epidendroideae.
These dwarf, epiphytic climbing orchids occur in n montane or savanna forests and alongside rivers in Trinidad, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Peru.
These orchids show pseudobulbs and small flowers produced from a creeping rhizome. These flowers generally reach 4 cm in width. Their color is rare among orchids, varying from a rose-tinted violet to a blue-tinted violet. The flowers shows a short column foot and an elongate stipe.
They are rarely cultivated.
Keep plant intermediate to warm temperatures. Keep plant in shade to moderate light. Potting media should not be allowed to dry out. Keep moist but not soggy. Water about every five to seven days. Plants should be potted in a well drain mix with medium fir bark with some perlite or in tree fern fibers. Plant is best grown in a basket
The genus was named after the Greek word ‘agnos’ (gratitude), perhaps referring to the sweet scent of its flowers.
- Acacallis Lindl. (1853).
- Kochiophyton Schltr. ex Cogn. in C.F.P.von Martius & auct. suc. (eds.)(1906).
- Aganisia cyanea : Blue orchid (S. Trop. America).
- Aganisia fimbriata (N. & W. South America).
- Aganisia pulchella (Trinidad to Brazil).
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- William Louis Stern, Walter S; Judd and Barbara S. Carlsward : Systematic and comparative anatomy of Maxillarieae (Orchidaceae), sans Oncidiinae - Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, Volume 144 Issue 3 Page 251 - March 2004