Chysis bractescens Lindley 1840 Photo by © Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flowers Photos by © Milan Vágner


Common Name The Bracteate Chysis

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

This species has fat, fusiform, pendulous canes concealed by white, scarious sheaths and carries several apical, linear or oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, undulate leaves that bear flowers from the base of a new growth as it appears in the spring with a pendulous to arching, robust, 12" [30 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with 1"+ , foliaceous, ovate or acuminate, concave bracts that carries up to 10 waxy, fragrant flowers. This beautiful species is found in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua found on trees and occasionally calcareous rocks in humid forests at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters and is a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte, that is semi-deciduous.

This species requires a drier winter to insure blooming, and is best grown mounted on tree fern or in baskets to accommodate the pendant canes.

Synonyms Chysis aurea Lindley var bractescens [Lindley]P.H.Allen 1955; Chysis makoyi Heynh. 1846; Thorwaldsenia speciosa Liebm. 1844; Thorvaldsenia speciosa Liebm. 1844

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 5 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 7 1962 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C aurea var bractescens; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 1 1970; Las Orquedeas de El Salvador Hamer 1974; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984 photo fide; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952/65/85 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1206 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 8 1986 photo; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto etal 2005 photo fide; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Tropicarum Vol 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase and Rasmusen 2005 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1012 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchids of Tropical America an introduction and guide Meisel 2014 photo fide;