Monday, December 22, 2008
Brassia verrucosa orchid
Brassia orchids are easily recognized by their elongated segments, distinctive floral arrangement on the racemes and the entire column and labellum. Because they are easy to grow and always rewarding with their massive display of flowers, they are firm favorites with experienced orchid growers as well as the novice.
Brassia verrucosa native to shady mountain forests of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Venezuela, they grow as epiphytes and appreciate gentle air movement, high humidity and bright light, but not direct sun which can burn them. They grow in an altitude of over 1500m and quite cold tolerant. The spidery flowers are long lasting and have an attractive light jasmine scent.
My Brassia plant is a few years old and always flowering at Christmas time - I took these pictures yesterday to show this magnificent display of flowers. I grow it under the shade of the tree and it gets normal watering and occasional feed. The flowers a bit difficult to photograph as they sway in gentle breeze, dispersing their beautiful scent. The flowers will stay on the plant for about 3 weeks and this easy growing and rewarding orchid welcome addition to any orchid collection.