Brassavola venosa Lindley 1840 SUBGENUS Brassavola SECTION Cuneilabia

Photo by Tennis Maynard


Common Name The Veined Lip Brassavola

Flower Size 4 3/4" [12 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica as a small sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphyte in dry forests at elevations of sealevel to 300 meters as a hot growing orchid that differs from Brassavola nodosa by the presence of raised veins on the lip and a much broader leaf, otherwise they are very similar. This species has linear and non-swollen stems subtended by basal, papery bracts and carrying a single, apical, fleshy, somewhat terete, oblong, acute, longitududinally canaliculate leaf and blooms on an erect to pendulous, few flowered racemose inflorescence arising on a newly maturing pseudobulb occuring from the winter through spring.

Synonyms *Bletia venosa (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1862; Brassavola nodosa var venosa {Lindley] N. G. Jones 1969; Javieria venosa (Lindl.) Archila, Chiron & Szlach., Richardiana 14: 100 (2013

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia venosa; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Hamer 1974 drawing fide; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol V Withner 1998 drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 804 Hamer 1982 drwaing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1405 Mora & Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Orchids of Guatemala & Belize Ames & Correwll 1985; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Orchids of Panama Williams 1985; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol V Withner 1998; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal 2001; Orchid Digest vol 71 #4 Oct, Nov, Dec 2007drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #3 2015 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Javieri venosa