Brassia wageneri Rchb. f. 1845 Photo by Lourens Grobler.


Common Name Wagner's Brassia [Germna Orchid Collector in Venezuela 1800's]

Flower Size 3 to 4" [12 cm]

This bifoliate, small to medium sized, warm to cool growing, epiphytic species is found in Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador in cool, wet montane forests at elevations of 480 to 1800 meters with elongate, tapered, strongly compressed, smooth, light green pseudobulbs subtended by a basal leafless sheath and an upper leaf bearing sheath and carrying 2 apical, lanceolate, acuminate conduplicate towards the base leaves that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a basal, through a leaf sheath, to 8" [20 cm] long, suberect to arching, terete, green, several [8 to 15] flowered, racemose inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves and arises on a mature pseudobulb.

Synonyms Brassia bicolor Rolfe 1892; *Oncidium wageneri (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. 1866; Brassia cryptophthalma Rchb. f. 1879

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 as B bicolor drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 # 9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 12 1980 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0015 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 215 Bennet & Christenson 1995 OK; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as B bicolor; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Orquideas del Tachira Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide;