Common Name: Hooded Brassavola
Habitat: Mexico, Central America, Northern South America, and the West Indies. Widespread. Brassavola cucullata grows on trees in coastal rain forests between sea level and 1800 meters in elevation.
Plant Size: Medium. The slender pseudobulbs of Brassavola cucullata are erect and have a single, fleshy green leaf. The plant has one leaf per pseudobulb. Dried sheaths cover the pseudobulbs.
Flower Size: 7 inches (17 cm)
Flower Description: This species has white flowers with slender petals and sepals that droop dramatically. Brassavola cucullata has a nocturnally fragrant flower. Some describe the fragrance as skunk-like and unpleasant. Flowers touched by cold weather may have a reddish coloration. There are one or two flowers per growth and they grow on an 8 inch (20 cm) long stem.
Bloom Season: Summer to Fall.
Growing Temperature: Warm to Cool. Intermediate is preferred.
Additional Information: Brassavola cucullata is the type species for the genus Brassavola.
Synonyms: Bletia cucullata; Brassavola appendiculata; Brassavola cucullata var. cuspidata; Brassavola cucullata var elegans; Brassavola cuspidata; Brassavola elongata; Brassavola odorattissima; Cymbidium cucullatum; Epidendrum cucullatum