!Brassia maculata R. Brown 1813

Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Spotted Brassia

Flower Size 5 to 8" [12.5 cm to 20 cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba and Jamaica commonly found growing in deitrus over rocks at altitudes below 750 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte with ovoid to oblong-elliptic, compressed pseudobulbs subtended by old, grey, basal, leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 2 apical, oblong-ligulate, coriaceous, acute or obtuse, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a to 36" [90 cm] long, loosely few to many flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with remote, tubular sheaths and carrying large, waxy, long-lived fragrant flowers.

This orchid does well in baskets or pots with a open mix that provides good drainage.

Synonyms Brassia guttata Lindley 1842; Brassia maculata var. guttata (Lindl.) Lindl. 1854; Brassia wraye Skinner 1843; Oncidium brassia Rchb.f 1863

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