!Brassia maculata R. Brown 1813 Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Spotted Brassia

Flower Size 5 to 8" [12.5 cm to 20 cm]

A large, hot to warm growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte that is also commonly found growing in deitrus over rocks at altitudes below 750 meters in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba and Jamaica with ovoid to oblong-elliptic, compressed pseudobulbs subtended by old, grey, basal, leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 2 apical, oblong-ligulate, coriaceous, acute or obtuse, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a to 36" [90 cm] long, loosely few to many flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with remote, tubular sheaths and carrying large, waxy, long-lived fragrant flowers.

This orchid does well in baskets or pots with a open mix that provides good drainage.

Synonyms Brassia guttata Lindley 1842; Brassia maculata var. guttata (Lindl.) Lindl. 1854; Brassia wraye Skinner 1843; Oncidium brassia Rchb.f 1863

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora of Malaya vol 1 Holtum 1953; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 7 1961 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 1 1970 photo; Orquedias de El Salvador Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 624 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Orchids of Guatemala & Belize Ames & Correwll 1985; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 #11 1986 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 10 1992 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Jamaica Glioudin & Tobisch 1995; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 7 2005 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 8 2005 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #3 2016 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide;