Aspasia variegata Lindl. 1836

Photo courtesy of Dario Melgar


Common Name The Variegated Aspasia

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4.5 cm]

Found in Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia in moist forests at elevations of 200 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with a creeping, slender, bracteate rhizome and laterally strongly flattened, ellipsoid to oblong, glossy light green pseudobulbs that become lightly sulcate with age, subtended by 2 to 3 leaf bearing sheaths and carrying one or two, apical, glabrous, subcoriaceous, lanceolate to ligulate, acute, basally conduplicate and articulate leaves, blooming in the spring and summer on an ascending, few to several flowered, to 10" [25 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that gives rise to a few, successively opening, fragrant flowers This terrestrial orchid grows in hot temperatures with high humidity and moderate shade. 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 interrupta Hoffmanns. 1844; Aspasia liturata Link ex Rchb.f. 1855; Odontoglossum variegatum (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1864

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