~Brassia longissima [Rchb.f]Nash 1914 - See B. arcugiera Rchb.f 1869

Photo by Jay Pfahl


Flower Size occasionally up to 21" [to 50 cm]

Very similar to Brassia lawrenceana Lindley 1841 and is also similar to Brassia arcuigera Rchb.f 1869, and is found in Peru north to Costa Rica, I grow mine on tree fern in bright sun-dappled light and regular year round watering gives a spring blooming on a 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, suberect to arching, many flowered inflorescence with fragrant, rather long-lived flowers that is a warm to hot growing orchid.

Synonyms *Brassia lawrenceana Lindley var. longissima Rchb.f 1868

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 80. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Orchid Digest Vol XXIV #10 1960 photo fide; Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 4 1963 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 2 1968 as B antherotes var longissima photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 1 1970; Orquideologia Vol 15 #1 Luer & Escobar 1981 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 #11 1986 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Orchids of Panama Williams 1985 as B lawreceana var longissima; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide