Brassavola tuberculata Hooker 1829 SUBGENUS Sessililabia SECTION Conchoglossa

Photo by Jay Pfahl


Common Name Rough or Tuberculated Brassavola

Flower Size 2 1/2 to 3" [6.25 to 7.5 cm]

Found in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia from the cool mountains to the hot, lower savannahs, it certainly prefers a hot to warm environment with bright light and high humidity. The mostly pendant growing plant has very slender, stem-like, strongly sulcate pseudobulbs carrying a single, terete, acute, sulcate, pendulous, whiplike leaf and blooms in the late spring and early summer on a short racemose inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves with up to 6 flowers that are highly fragrant of Gardenia at night.

Water regularly while in growth and give a slightly drier winter. They do well mounted on tree fern or cork and in nature are found as an epiphyte or lithophyte in varied habitats.

Synonyms Bletia tuberculata [Hkr.]Rchbf 1861; Brassavola fragrans Lemaire 1853; Brassavola gibbsiana Wms. 1877; Brassavola trinervis Lindley 1831; Brassavola tuberculata Barb. Rodr. 1882; Tulexis bicolor Raf. 1836

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