Brassia cochleata Knowles & Westc. 1838 Photo by Maikel Mari and The Panoramio Website

Inflorescence Photo by Wilma Braga

FragrancePart sun HotCoolSpring

Common Name The Ear-Like Brassia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm]

Found in French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil in wet montane forests at elevations of 265 to 1200 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with oblong, tapered, compressed, sulcate with age pseudobulbs subtended by 6 to 8 distichous, imbricating, sheaths concealing the basal half, the upper sheaths foliaceous and there are 2 apical, narrowly oblanceolate leaves with a conduplicate base that blooms in nature in the fall and the spring in cultivation on a arching, axillary, racemose, several [11 to 13] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and having minute floral bracts.

Synonyms Brassia lawrenceana Lindl.1841; Oncidium lawrenceanum (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1863

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Edwards's Bot. Reg. 21: Misc. 2, t. 18. 1841 as B lawrenceana ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as B lawrenceana; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as B lawrenceana drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as B lawrenceana; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 as B lawrenceana drawing good; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as B lawrenceana Drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Dunsterville & Gary 1979 as B lawrenceana drawing good; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1982 as B lawrenceana; Native Colombian Orchids COS Vol 1 1990 as B lawrenceana photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids COS Vol 5 1994 as B lawrenceana photo ok; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995 as B lawrenceana; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 as B lawrenceanaphoto fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as B lawrenceana drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 607 Bennet & Christenson 2001 as B lawrenceana; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as B lawrenceana drawing ok; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005 as B lawrenceana; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 as B lawrenceana; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006 as B lawrenceana;Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 as Brassia lawrenceana photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo ok; Orchids of French Guiana Szatchetko, Veyret etal 2012 as B lawrenceana drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas de Zamora-Chinchipe Tomo 1 Jimenez 2014 photo fide

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