Brassavola Species

The orchid genus Brassavola is closely related to the genus Cattleya and is frequently used in Cattleya hybrids (the B in BLC.). There are 18 species of small or medium sized plants epiphytic plants. The genus has white or cream-colored flowers and most are heavily fragrant at night. Each flower exudes a pleasant citrus scent. In the wild, they are pollinated by moths. Each pencil-like pseudobulb is topped with one long, fleshy leaf. Flowers are relatively large for the size of the plant. Petals and sepals and elongated and the lip is wider and flaring.

The genus was named for an Italian doctor by the name of A. M. Brassavole.

Brassavola Orchid Species


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