!Aspasia lunata Lindley 1836 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website


Common Name The Moon-Shaped Aspasia

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

A Brazilian, small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with strongly laterally compressed pseudobulbs carrying 2 glabrous, subcoriaceous, lanceolate to ligulate, acute, basally conduplicate and articulate leaves that blooms in the spring on a erect, 3 3/4" [9 cm] long, few [1 to 3] flowered, basal inflorescence.

After flowering a short 1 to 2 month rest is beneficial, resume watering and fertilizer with the onset of new growth and flowers best if given very cramped quarters in a small pot.

Synonyms Aspasia lunata var. superba B.S.Williams 1894 ; Aspasia papilionacea Rchb.f. 1876; Miltonia odorata Rchb.f. 1855; Odontoglossum lunatum Rchb.f 1864; Trophianthus zonatus Schweidw. 1844

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 63. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as A papilionacea; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 6 1964 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 Drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 3 1979 photo fide; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 photo fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006 as A papilonacea; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005