Acianthera Scheidw.

First published in Allg. Gartenzeitung 10: 292 (1842)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Mexico to Tropical America.


Native to:

Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cayman Is., Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mexican Pacific Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is.


Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2006). Epidendroideae (Part One). Genera Orchidacearum 4: 1-672. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

An alternative taxonomy had been proposed by the following authorities:

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Pleurothallis.]
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Pleurothallis.]

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Aug 15, 2017 Harley, R.M.; Bromley, G.L.; Carvalho, A.M.; Nunes, J.M.S.; Hage, J.L.; Santos, E.B. [22783] Brazil K000847386 Yes
Aug 15, 2017 Carvalho, A.M.; Amorim, A.M.; Sant'Ana, S.C.; Jardim, J.G.; Souza, G.R.; Cruz, N.B. [1026] Brazil K000847389 Yes
Aug 15, 2017 Guedes, M.L.; Funch, L.; Santos, E.S.; Silva, M.P.; Paraguassu, L.A.A.; Argolo, A.S. [PCD 1523] Brazil K000847388 Yes
Aug 15, 2017 Melo, E.; França, F.; Oliveira, S.; Sena, T.; Souza, E.; Ganeu, W. [PCD1377] Brazil K000847390 Yes
Aug 15, 2017 Folli, D.A. [1773] Brazil K000940380 Yes
Oct 1, 1918 s.coll. [s.n.] Brazil K000482611 Yes
Tessmann, G. [6102] Brazil K000940461 Yes
Dusén, P. [8486] Brazil K000940430 Yes
Dusén, P.; Louge, R. [8527] Brazil K000940406 Yes
s.coll. [1789] Brazil K000940497 Yes
Handro, O. [s.n.] Brazil K000940496 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K000940463 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Brazil K000940443 Yes
Glaziou, A.F.M. [18511] Brazil K000940444 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Brazil K000940464 Yes
s.coll. [2725] Brazil K000940422 Yes
Dusén, P. [11573] Brazil K000940462 Yes
Gomes, V. [14] Brazil K000940495 Yes
Lehman, F.C. [7272] Colombia Cryptophoranthus K000463226 Unknown Type Material Yes
Cryptophoranthus K:SPC-25911.000 No
Cryptophoranthus K:SPC-18647.000 No
Cryptophoranthus K:SPC-18648.000 No
Brazil Cryptophoranthus K000220076 Type Yes
Brazil Cryptophoranthus K000220075 Type Yes
Brazil Cryptophoranthus K:SPC-61572.000 Holotype No


  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.