Brassia cauliformis C.Schweinf. 1946


Plant in situ Peru Photos by A J Ballon and The Atrium Website >

Plant in situ Peru TYPE Drawing by Charles Schweinfurth

Part shadeCool LATESpringSummer

Common Name The Sten Shaped Brassia

Flower Size 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long

Found in Cusco province of Peru at elevations of 1600 to 1700 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte/lithophyte with elongate, stem-like pseudobulbs carrying remotely 3 to 5, on the pseudobulb leanear-lanceolate, long to short-acuminate, very long narrowing below into the channelled base leaves and on the leaf sheaths below, elliptic-lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, short-acuminate, many nerved, prominently exserted beneath, long narrowed to a sessile condulicate below leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on anlateral, basal, in the leaf axil, sometimes to 60" [150 cm] long overall, robust, provided with one or more remote, small, close, amplexicaul, bracts, rachis to about 11.4" [28.5 cm] long, 12 to 14 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, amplexicaul, mpore or less acuminate, much shorter than theovary floral bracts and carrying several non-resupinate flowers.

CAUTION!!!!Christenson determined the photos to be be Brassia cf cauliformis so please use with catuion!!! The cf means "close to" so it is not an exact match to the type. The TYPE Drawing is absolutely correct,


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 15 # 8 1946 drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 4 Schweinfurth 1961 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997