Brassia lanceana Lindley 1835

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower closeup

Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name Lance's Brassia [English Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 5 1/2" [13.25 cm]

Found in Tobago, Venezuela, and the Guianas, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil in wet montane forests at elevations of 150 to 1200 meters, as a medium sized, bifoliate, epiphytic, hot to cool growing orchid with ovate-elliptic to ovate-oblong, moderately compressed, sulcate, obtusely angled pseudobulbs and carrying 2 oblong, acuminate, carinate, thinly coriaceous, narrowing to a conduplicate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall in cultivation on an axillary, 2' [60 cm] long, suberect to arching, densly many [7 to 18] flowered inflorescence with showy, fragrant flowers arising on a mature pseudobulb.

Synonyms Brassia josstiana Rchb. f. 1854; Brassia lanceana var. minor Schltr. 1925; Brassia pumila Lindley 1845; Oncidium josstianum Rchb.f. 1864 ; Oncidium suaveolens Rchb.f 1864

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; *Edwards's Bot. Reg. 21: sub t. 1784. 1835; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilense Pabst & Dungs 1972; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 Drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as B macrostachya drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as B macrostachya drawing ok; Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Icones Orchidaceaerum Peruviarum plate 007 Bennet & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo ok; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing Hmm swiched with fig 228 b neglecta; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum, Bakers 2006; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo good; Orchids of French Guiana Szatchetko, Veyret etal 2012 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas de Zamora-Chinchipe Tomo 1 Jimenez 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing ok/photo fide