Brachtia sulphurea Rchb.f. 1854 Drawing By Reichenbach 1854

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Common Name The Sulphur Yellow Brachtia

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela at elevations of 1500 to 2250 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ovoid, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped laterally by a few distichous, the inner ones leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, oblong-ligulate, obtuse-attenuate, carinate dorsally, conduplicate basally leaf that blooms on a racemose, axillary, erect to horizontal, 6.4 to 8" [16 to 20 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence enveloped by 2 to 3, well spaced, close fitting, acute bracts and has navicular, conduplicate, acute, as long or longer than the flowers, floral bracts.

The drawing on the left represents B sulphurea.

Synonyms Brassia sulphurea (Rchb.f.) M.W.Chase 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 5 Foldats 1970

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