!Aspasia epidendroides Lindley 1834

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Another Flower

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FragrantPart shadeHotWarmWinter TO Spring

Common Name The Epidendrum-Like Aspasia

Flower Size 1 1/2" long [3.75 cm]

Found as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte at elevations below 1000 meters in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and northern South America overhanging rivers in moist forests and have compressed, ovate pseudobulbs and two to three apical, linear-oblong, to narrowly lanceolate, acute or acuminate, subcoriaceous leaves that blooms in the late fall on an erect, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long, basal, racemose inflorescence with scarious, appressed, acuminate floral bracts arising on a newly formed pseudobulb and has a few longlasting, distichously arranged, color variable, fragrant flowers that open in sucession from winter through spring.

A fragrant, winter to fall bloomer that is often used in hybridizing and makes the new genera Miltassia when crossed with Miltonia. I grow mine in a pot with OFE special mix with a handful of Fennel rock [expanded shale] added to drain faster. It needs crowded pot conditions and hot to warm temperatures to flower best.

Synonyms Aspasia barclayi Rolfe, Bull. 1892 ; Aspasia fragrans Kl. 1853; Odontoglossum aspasia Rchb.f 1861

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