Brassavola grandiflora Lindley 1839

Photo by Claude Hamilton and Hamlyn Orchids In Jamaica

Part ShadeHotWarmSummer

Common Name The Large Flowered Brassavola

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador? as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte and sometimes lithophyte with a short rhizome giving rise to an erect, short, terete pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, linear-oblong, very thick, fleshy, flattened, sulcate down the mid-line leaf that blooms in the summer on a lateral, to 2.4" [6 cm] long, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with simultaneously opening flowers that have a very strong, nice nocturnal scent

Often cited as a synonym of B nodosaA but differs in the wider, flatter, less terete leaf and much bigger flowers.

Synonyms Brassavola nodosa var. grandiflora (Lindl.) H.G.Jones 1972; Javieria grandiflora (Lindl.) Archila, Chiron & Szlach. 2013

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 621 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Doson 1993 photo fide; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Volume 5 Withner 1998 drawing/photo fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orquidias del Serrania del Baudo Misas Urrettia 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest vol 71 #4 Oct, Nov, Dec 2007 drawing/photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Javieri graniflora