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Aganisia cyanea
from "Flore des serres et des jardins de l’Europe", 1845
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
Subtribe: Zygopetalinae
Alliance: Zygopetalum
Genus: Aganisia
Type species
Aganisia pulchella
See text
  • Acacallis Lindl.
  • Kochiophyton Schltr. ex Cogn. in C.F.P.von Martius

Aganisia is a small South American genus in the orchid family (Orchidaceae), subfamily Epidendroideae.[2][3]

The genus was named after the Greek word ‘agnos’ (gratitude), perhaps referring to the sweet scent of its flowers.

These dwarf, epiphytic climbing orchids occur in mountainous or savanna forests and alongside rivers in Trinidad, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname and Peru.[1]

Aganisia produce pseudobulbs and small flowers produced from a creeping rhizome. These flowers generally reach 4 cm in width. Their color varies from a rose-tinted violet to a blue-tinted violet. The flower has a short column foot and an elongate stipe.[4]

They are rarely cultivated.


Four species are currently recognized (May 2014):[1]

Intergeneric Hybrids[edit]

  • xDownsara. = Aganisia x Batemannia x Otostylis x Zygosepalum
  • xHamelwellsara = Aganisia x Batemannianax Otostylis x Zygopetalum x Zygosepalum
  • xMasonara = Promenaea x Aganisia x Batemanniana x Colax x Otostylis x Zygopetalum x Zygosepalum
  • xOtonisia = Aganisia x Otostylis
  • xZygonisia = Aganisia x Zygopetalum
Aganisia cyanea


  1. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Lindley, John. 1839. Edwards's Botanical Register 25: Misc. 46
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Forzza, R. C. 2010. Lista de espécies Flora do Brasil Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

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