Prosthechea brachiata [Rich & Gal.] Dressler & Pollard 1971

Plant in situ in Mexico Photos courtesy of Weyman Bussey

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Common Name The Branched Prosthechea

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico in moist pine-oak forests, relatively dry barranca forests or montane rainforests at elevations of 1700 to 2200 meters in very wet pine-oak forests as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with loosely clustered, ovoid, strongly flattened pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, coriaceous-subfleshy, elliptic to narrowly elliptic to oblong-elliptic, acute, strongly conduplicate basally leaf that blooms on an erect, 6" to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, several to many [13 to 24] flowered, racemose inflorescence occuring in the fall through mostly spring and carrying strongly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Encyclia brachiata (A. Rich. & Galeotti) Dressler & G.E. Pollard 1971; *Epidendrum brachiatum A. Rich. & Galeotti 1945

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum brachiatum; The Cattleyas and Their Relativews Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1031 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide;