!Brassavola cucullata [L.] R.Br. 1813 SUBGENUS Brassavola SECTION Brassavola

Plant and Flower Photo by © Milan Vágner

Another FlowerPhoto by Jay Pfahl

Flowering plant in situ in Mexico Photo by Weyman Bussey

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Common Name Hooded Brassavola

Flower Size 7" [17.5 cm]

One to two flowered, epiphytic plant that smells somewhat skunky at night, grows best mounted on wood and comes from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte of coastal rainforests at elevations up to 1800 meters with erect to ascending, slender, terete, jointed stems enveloped by white, scarious, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-subulate, terete, fleshy coriaceous leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a short to 8" [20 cm] long peduncle that is borne at the junction of the single leaf and terete stem and carrying musty-soap scented flowers.

Flowers that appear later in it's season and exposed to a cold snap will have a redder appearance.

This is the type species for the genus.

B appendiculata A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845 has been proposed for similar orchids occuring in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua which have a larger mid lobe to the lip but this seems to be too little to separate them from the larger population so I have kept them together.

Synonyms Bletia cucullata (L.) Rchb. f. 1861; Bletia cucullata var. cuspidata (Hook.) Rchb.f. 1862; Brassavola appendiculata A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Brassavola cucullata [L.]R.Br. var cuspidata [Hkr.] LIndley 1887; Brassavola cucullata [L.]R.Br. var elegans Schlechter 1919; Brassavola cuspidata Hooker 1839; Brassavola elongata Hort. 1954; Brassavola odorattissima Regel 1852; Cymbidium cucullatum Sw. 1799; *Epidendrum cucullatum L. 1763

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