(pronounced: ag-an-EEZ-ee-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Zygopetalinae. Some authors maintain Acacallis as a separate genus on the basis of differences in stipe shape.

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Epiphytes with creeping rhizomes. Pseudobulbs spindle-shaped, widely separated on the rhizome. Leaves usually solitary, plicate, petiolate. Inflorescences basal pedunculate racemes, the floral bracts inconspicuous. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar, subequal. Lip three-lobed, clawed, articulated to a long column foot, the lateral lobes small, with a prominent crested callus. Column arching or straight, with large apical wings and a foot; pollinia 4, in two pairs on a common stipe.


From the Greek aganos, meaning mild or gentle, alluding to the pretty appearance of the flowers.


A genus of three species restricted to South America.

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Schultes, R. E. 1958. Orchidaceae neotropicales, V. Generis Aganisiae synopsis. Lloydia 21(2):88-99.

Senghas, K. 1996. Acacallis hoehnei, eine überraschende Wiederentdeckung. Die Orchidee 47(4):184-189.