Brassavola acaulis Lindl. 1851-2 SUBGENUS Brassavola SECTION Cuneilabia

Plant and Flower

Award winning plant and Photo by Richard Saporita


Common Name The Stemless Brassavola

Flower Size 2 3/4 to 3 1/4" [7 to 8 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama in moist foothills as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with pendant short stems carrying a single, terete, fleshy, acute, dark green flushed with red leaf with the rhizome producing one stem and leaf and then the next an inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb that carries a single to 5, nocturnally fragrant, waxy flowered inflorescence occuring in the later spring to early summer.

Synonyms Bletia acaulis (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1862; Bletia lineata (Hook. f.) Rchb. f. 1862; Brassavola lineata Hook. f. 1853; Brassavola mathieuana Klotzsch 1853; Javieria acaulis (Lindl. & Paxton) Archila, Chiron & Szlach. 2013

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia acaulis; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia lineata; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 48. Panama Schlechter 1922 as Brassavola lineata; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Orchids of Malaya Holtum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1404 Mora & Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol V Withner 1998 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 5 2000 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 7 2004 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orchid Digest vol 71 #4 Oct, Nov, Dec 2007 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 #7 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 #4 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 7 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #10 2015 drawing 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 Javieria acaulis