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Brassia arcuigera Arching Brassia


Arching Brassia , Brassia arcuigera


Brassia arcuigera Rchb.f 1869

Fragrance, Part sun CoolTo Hot LATE Winter and Spring

Common Name The Arching Brassia

Flower Size 9" long [22.5 cm]

This unifoliate, large sized, hot to cool growing, epiphytic, rarely terrestrial [on embankments] species is found from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru on both sides of the Andes in premontane rainforests on moss covered trees at altitudes of 200 to 1500 meters with elliptic-oblong, strongly laterally compressed pseudobulb with sharp edges, subtended by 1 to 2 foliaceous sheaths with articulate, subcoriaceous, elliptic, leaves that are conduplicate at the base and blooms in the spring on a basal, lateral to pendulous, bracteate, 2' [60 cm] long, several to many [6 to 15] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseddobulb and having fragrant flowers. This species has extremely variable flowers even on the same inflorescence and is mostly distinguished by the single apical leaf and the sharp edges on the flattened pseudobulb.

Synonyms Brassia hinksoniana H.G. Jones 1974; Brassia lawrenceana Lindley var. longissima Rchb.f 1868; Brassia longissima [Rchb.f]Schlechter Nash 1914; Brassia longissima (Rchb. f.) Schltr. in part 1914; Brassia rhizomatosa Garay & Dunst. 1965