Ada (orchid)

The genus Ada from the orchid family (Orchidaceae) included 16 plant species that are native to Central America and northwestern South America from Costa Rica to Bolivia. The small, perennial plants grow mostly epiphytic.

The genus name is currently a synonym for the genus Brassia, has been integrated into the Ada.


The species of the former genus Ada come northwards to Costa Rica, to the east they are still to be found in Venezuela, Guyana, south to their range extends along the Andes in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to Bolivia. They grow there as epiphytes in very humid cloud forests at altitudes from 1000 to 2000 meters.


Within the subfamily Epidendroideae the genus Ada in the tribe Maxillarieae and there in the subtribe Oncidiinae was filed. Long was the only genus of the single species Ada aurantiaca, to Williams in 1972 a group of species to Brassia glumacea filed in this genus. 2012, the genus was revised and completely integrated into the genus Brassia due to DNA analysis.


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