Chysis bractescens Lindley 1840 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flowers Photos by © Milan Vágner


Common Name The Bracteate Chysis

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

This species has fat, fusiform pendulous canes concealed by white, scarious sheaths and carries several apical, linear or oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, undulate leaves that bear flowers from the base of a new growth as it appears in the spring with a pendulous to arching, robust, 12" [30 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with 1"+ , foliaceous, ovate or acuminate, concave bracts that carries up to 10 waxy, fragrant flowers. This beautiful species is found in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua and is a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte found on trees and occasionally calcareous rocks in humid forests at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters, semi-deciduous with a drier winter to insure blooming, and is best grown mounted on tree fern or in baskets to accommodate the pendant canes .

Synonyms Chysis aurea Lindley var bractescens [Lindley]P.H.Allen 1955; Thorwaldsenia speciosa Liebm. 1844; Thorvaldsenia speciosa Liebm. 1844

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952/65/85; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 5 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 7 1962 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C aurea var bractescens; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 1 1970; Las Orquedeas de El Salvador Hamer 1974; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 43-46 Thuniinae etc 1984 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1206 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 8 1986 photo; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Orchids of Venezuela; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1012 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide;