Brassia signata Rchb. f. 1881 Photo by Lourens Grobler.

Another Flower Photo by Andy Phillips and Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

Plant in situ Mexico Photo by Weyman Bussey


Common Name The Marked Brassia

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

This medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic species is found in Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico and Peru? in moist oak and montane rainforests at elevations around 1200 to 2200 meters with oblong to ovate, elongate, laterally compressed pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by 1 to 3 pairs of distichous, imbricating, conduplicate leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2, apical, spreading, oblong to oblanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the short, narrow, petiolate base leaves and blooms in the spring and summer on a 12" [30 cm] long, suberect to arching, few to several [2 to 10] flowered inflorescence arising through the leaf sheaths on a newly matured pseudobulb with fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Brassia mexicana C.Schweinf. 1950; Oncidium signatum Rchb. f. 1881

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1960; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 2 1974 as B mexicana photo ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1004 Hamer & Dodson 1984 as B mexicana drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as B mexicana drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0304 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as B mexicana; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 537 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchids of Tropical America an introduction and guide Meisel 2014 photo fide;