~Brassia brachiata Lindley 1842 - See Brassia verrucosa Lindley 1840

Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name or Meaning The Branched Brassia

Flower Size 6" to 8"

This species hails from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama and is considered by some to be synonomous with Brassia verrucosa Lindley 1840 but differs in having a loosely, few flowered, weakly 2-ranked, racemose inflorescence arising most often in the spring and summer with a max of 10 but more often 4 to 6 flowers which are 3 times larger than the true verrucosa and do not diminish in size towards the apex. The lip of B brachiata is lobed with the mid-lobe being broadly ovate to almost deltoid. The lip when flattened is spathulate with that conspicuous apical lobe.

The flowers are scented but not of black pepper such as B verrucosa.

Synonyms *Oncidium brachiatum Rchb.f 1864

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Orchids of Guatemala & Belize Ames & Correll 1985; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 4 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018