Brassia jipijapensis Dodson & N.H. Williams 1980 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Jipijapa Brassia [Town in Ecuador]

Flower Size 2 wide [5 cm]

Found only in western Ecuador in dry desert-like forests at elevations of 50 to 350 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte and has a short, creeping rhizome carrying ovate, compressed, longitudinally ribbed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 1 or 2 pairs of imbricating, non leaf-bearing sheaths carrying 2, apical, narrowly elliptic, acute, petiolate at the conduplicate base leaves and blooms in the spring on a basal, from within the sheaths, stiff, erect, 16 to 20 [40 to 50 cm] long, simple, 7 to 13 flowered inflorescence.

This species comes from very dry situations and would benefit from high humidity but little direct water, especially when not growing

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 011 Dodson 1980 drawing fide;

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