Aspasia lunata

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Aspasia lunata
Aspasia lunata - Xenia vol 1 pl 34 (1858).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
Subtribe: Oncidiinae
Alliance: Oncidium
Genus: Aspasia
Species: A. lunata
Binomial name
Aspasia lunata
Lindl. (1836)
  • Trophianthus zonatus Scheidw. (1844)
  • Miltonia odorata Rchb.f. (1855)
  • Odontoglossum lunatum (Lindl.) Rchb.f. (1864)
  • Aspasia papilionacea Rchb.f. (1876)
  • Aspasia lunata var. superba B.S.Williams (1894)

Aspasia lunata is a species of orchid, native to tropical South America, in the Brazilian southeast and south and reaching Bolivia and Paraguay, from 200–750 metres (660–2,460 ft) in elevation.

Aspasia lunata - flower
Aspasia lunata - flower and foliage


It forms large colonies, however, being not a particularly common species, it is just occasionally found, mostly on areas of transition between shady forest and open areas both in rain forests and cloud montane forests.

Aspasia lunata is primarily an epiphyte on thick stems but often is found living over rock grooves covered by fallen leaves and humid forests where they never are exposed to direct-straight sunlight.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Miranda, Francisco (2006). Orquídeas da Amazônia Brasileira: 168 & 173 Ed. Expressão e Cultura, 1996. ISBN 85-208-0208-7

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