Brassavola flagellaris Barb. Rodr. 1881 SUBGENUS Sessililabia SECTION Conchoglossa Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name Whip-leafed Brassavola or in Brazil Munida de chicote = lash or whip

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

Found in eastern Brazil as a large sized, hot to warm growing, creeping, epiphytic or lithophytic orchid with elongate, robust, cylindric, 4 to 5 noded, erect or ascending stems enveloped in youth by sheaths and carrying a single, apical, reflexed above, rigid, slender, terete, deeply sulcate above, longly subulate, acute apically leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer in northern cultivation on a lax, short, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, bracteate, 2 to 15 flowered inflorescence subtended by an elongate spathe, and concave, triangular floral bracts with long-lasting, nocturnally fragrant hot chocolate scented flowers that arise from the crease at the base of the leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as B chacoensisphoto fide; Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol V Withner 1998 drawing/photo fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 4 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 3 2005 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Orchid Digest vol 71 #4 Oct, Nov, Dec 2007drawing/photo fide; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castello, Espirito Santo Brasil Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016