Acacallis (orchid)

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Acacallis cyanea = Aganisia cyanea
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Acacallis Lindl. 1853, was a small South American genus with a few species from the orchid family Orchidaceae. The genus is named in homage to a famous mythological Greek mortal named, Akakallis.

According to the authoritative database of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, the genus Acacallis Lindl. has become a synonym of Aganisia Lindl. All Acacallis species have now been synonymized with Aganisia species, except Acacallis rosariana V.P.Castro & M.M.Silva that has become an unplaced name.

The species of this former genus are found in the countries of Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Peru. Both species have flowers that generally reach 4cm in width and whose color is rare among orchids, varying from a rose-tinted violet to a blue-tinted violet produced from a creeping rhizome.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, Ac. is the official abbreviation for this genus.


  • Acacallis coerulea (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1918 (now synonym of Aganisia fimbriata Rchb.f.)
  • Acacallis cyanea Lindl. 1853 (Peru; Venezuela) (now synonym of Aganisia cyanea (Lindl.) Rchb.f)
  • Acacallis fimbriata (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1918 (Peru; Venezuela) (now synonym of  : Aganisia fimbriata Rchb.f)
  • Acacallis hoehnei (Hoehne) Schltr. 1918 (now synonym of  : Aganisia cyanea (Lindl.) Rchb.f.)
  • Acacallis oliveriana (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1914 (now synonym of : Aganisia fimbriata Rchb.f.)
  • Acacallis rosariana V.P.Castro & da Silva 2001 (unplaced name)


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