Brassia arcuigera Rchb.f 1869

Flower Closeup Photos by Daniel Jimenez

Another Plant Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

FragrancePart sunCoolTo 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, ancipitous pseudobulbs subtended by 1 to 2 foliaceous sheaths with articulate, subcoriaceous, elliptic, conduplicate base leaves that 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 pseudobulb and carrying 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 antherotes Rchb. f. 1879 ; Brassia antherotes var. longissima (Rchb.f.) Teusch. 1961; 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;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as B longissima; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as B antherotes drawing fide; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 80. Panama Schlechter 1922 as B longissima; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 80. Panama Schlechter 1922 as B longissima var minor; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as B longissima drawing ok; Orchid Digest Vol XXIV #10 1960 as B longissima photo fide; Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 1 1970 as B antherotes photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 010 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1982; Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 11 1986 photo; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo ok; Native Colombian Orchids COS Vol 1 1990 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 1 Dodson 1992 drawing/photo ok; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1507 Mora & Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Native Colombian Orchids COS Vol 5 1994 as B antherotes photo ok; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing good/photo fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids COS Vol 6 1998 errata = B antherotes; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as B longissima drawing good; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002; Manual De Plantas de Costa Rica Vol III Hamel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 3 2005 photo; Vanishing Beauty Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 2005 photo fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as B antherotes drawing/photo hmm; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 as B longissima photo fide; Las Orquideas de Zamora-Chinchipe Tomo 1 Jimenez 2014 photo fide