(pronounced: ay-sin-EE-tah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Stanhopeinae

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Massive caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs large, ovoid. Leaves several, plicate, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, +/- petiolate. Inflorescences densely many-flowered pendent racemes, the flowers arranged in a cylinder and facing in all directions. Flowers globose, extremely fleshy-waxy, facing downwards. Sepals suborbicular, deeply concave, the lateral sepals fused at the base. Petals elliptic-obovate, parallel to and encompassing the column. Lip divided into a hypochile and epichile, the epichile three-lobed with a large basal callus. Column stout, fleshy, club-shaped, with small wings and a short foot; pollinia 2, grooved, attached to a subequal stipe and viscidium.


From the Greek akinetos, meaning immovable, in reference to the rigid lip.


A genus of 20 species found throughout the Neotropics from Mexico to Peru.

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Horich, C. K. 1967. Eine neue mittelamerikanische Acineta. Die Orchidee 18(6):306-310.

Schlechter, R. 1917. Die Gattung Acineta Lindl. Orchis 11:21-48.