Brassavola cordata

Common Name: Heart-lipped Brassavola

Habitat: Jamaica. This species is found growing on trees.

Plant Size: Medium to large. The robust leaves of Brassavola cordata are long, fleshy, and deeply channeled.

Flower Size: 1 3/4 inches (4 cm)

Flower Description: The petals and sepals on Brassavola cordata are apple green. The heart-shaped lip is white in color. Flowers are fragrant at night and have an attractive citrus scent. The mature pseudobulb produces a 6 inch (15 cm) long branched stem that produces up to 6 flowers. Brassavola cordata has long-lived flowers.

Bloom Season: Summer to Fall

Growing Temperature: Warm

Additional Information: Brassavola cordata is best grown mounted on cork bark, tree fern plaques or wood slabs. Provide heavy water during the growing season and reduce slightly after the newest pseudobulbs mature. Provide warm cattleya growing conditions with ample humidity and air circulation. This species should be correctly called Brassavola subuliflolia but it was published in such an obscure journal that it was not discovered until the Brassavola cordata was established as the accepted name.

Synonyms: Bletia cordata; Bletia nodosa var. cordata;Brassavola harrisii; Brassavola nodosa; Brassavola nodosa subsp. cordata; Brassavola sloanei; Brassavola stricta; Brassavola subuliflolia; Lysimnia bicolor


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