Brassia suavissima Pupulin & Bogarín 2005 Photos by © Franco Pupulin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Scented Brassia [refers to the strong vanilla scent]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm] wide

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1400 to 1600 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with narrowly elliptic-oblong, strongly compressed and ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 5 to 7, leafless and leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2, rarely 1, narrowly ligulate-elliptic, acute, subcoriaceous, constricted basally into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a lateral, arising from the uppermost leaf-bearing sheath, terete, to 14" [35 cm] long, 18 to 30 flowered inflorescence with 3 to 5, imbricating, triangular, acute bracts and small triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying distichously arranged, very fragrant flowers.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Orchids Vol 74 #3 Pg 206 2005

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