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Orchid Species: Brassavola cucullata

Brassavola cucullata is an orchid species identified by (L.) R.Br. in W.T.Aiton in 1813.
Genus
Brassavola (B.)
Grex
cucullata
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
(L.) R.Br. in W.T.Aiton
Year
1813
ORIGIN: Comes from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte of coastal rainforests at elevations up to 1800 meters.

DESCRIPTION: One to two flowered, epiphytic plant that smells somewhat skunky at night, grows best mounted on wood and with erect to ascending, slender, terete, jointed stems enveloped by white, scarious, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-subulate, terete, fleshy coriaceous leaf that blooms from summer till autumn on a short to 8 [20 cm] long peduncle that is borne at the junction of the single leaf and terete stem.

FLOWER SIZE: 7 inches [17.5 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Origin
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