Brassia arachnoidea Barb. Rodr. 1877 Photo by Jay Pfahl.

to Southern Hemisphere

Common Name The Spider-Like Brassia

Flower Size 4" to 5" [10 to 12.5 cm]

Found in extreme western Brazil in the territory of Acre as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with oblong, laterally compressed, ancipitous, smooth in youth, sulcate with age pseudobulbs partially enveloped by distichous, imbricating leafless sheaths and carrying two, leathery, oblong to strap-shaped, erect to spreading, acute, conduplicate below into the petiole-like base leaves that blooms in the fall in the southern hemisphere on a arching to flexuous, to 16" [to 40 cm] long, to 10 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb and has a few, widely spaced, close, whitish, membraneous sheaths.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilensees Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 Drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orquidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castello Espirito Santo Brazil Vol 4 Chiron & Bolsanello 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #1 2018 photo fide;