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brassia noid

This is a discussion on brassia noid within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I picked this up a couple years ago in Asheville NC at a general purpose ...

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    Default brassia noid

    I picked this up a couple years ago in Asheville NC at a general purpose greenhouse. It was growing in dirt and I repotted it into semi-hydro. Last spring it had a couple spikes and this spring it has four spikes, all loaded with blooms. It would be nice if I could get an ID for it, but so many of the brassia look similar to me. It's nicely fragrant.

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    Wow, what a show on such a well grown plant. Could be Brassia rex.

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    Dear Janet, you have certainly done well with this Brassia...whatever it is! It must love you!
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    VERY nice! Never been able to get one to bloom or really thrive myself. Pity, that -- I like their blooms.

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    Brassia rex more likely than the information below, you can also see, your tree is well developed

    Brassia brachiata Lindl. has been often confused with the related Brs. verrucosa Lindl. and is often treated as a synonym for the latter. Brs. brachiata is distinguished from Brs. verrucosa by the larger loosely arranged flowers that are of similar size along the raceme. The flowers are differently (pleasantly) scented and have a distinctly lobed lip that bears fewer warts.

    Brs. verrucosa is a more northerly species that produces densely flowered, strongly two-ranked racemes carrying 10-20 flowers which decrease in size from the base to the apex of the rachis. Unpleasantly scented of black pepper, the flowers of Brs. verrucosa are smaller and have an essentially unlobed oblong-obovate lip with numerous green warts.

    John Lindley described Brs. brachiata in Plantae Hartwegianae in 1842 based upon a plant collected by Hartweg in Guatemala. The specific epithet comes from the Latin brachiatus (armed) probably for the long arm-like petals.

    Brs. brachiata is an epiphytic plant that forms clumps with pseudobulbs borne along a short rhizome. Narrowly oblong to ovoid-conic, the slightly compressed smooth light green pseudobulbs are 7.5-10 cm long and 3-4 cm wide. The base of the pseudobulb is sheathed by 1-2 leafy bracts and the apex bears two leaves. The thinly leathery, shortly stalked elliptic-lanceolate leaves are 16-30 cm long and 2.5-4.5 cm broad.

    An arched to spreading lateral inflorescence is produced from the inner basal leaf sheath at the base of the recently matured pseudobulb. The raceme of Brs. brachiata is 50-60 cm long and bears 6-10 large showy spidery flowers that are 16-25 cm long. Two-ranked, the alternating flowers are loosely arranged along the rachis. Yellowish-white to yellow-green the sepals and petals have bars and spots of reddish brown to dark brown on the basal third. Its yellowish-white lip bears flat dark olive-green to green-brown warts.

    Brs. brachiata is distributed from Chiapas in southern Mexicoand from Guatemalato Panama. It grows on the trunks and larger branches of trees in evergreen to semi-deciduous cloud forests between (600-) 1,300-1,800 m altitude. Easy to grow and flower in the south-east Queenslandregion, Brs. brachiata requires bright light such as 50-70% shade and a well-drained medium. Heavy shade may be a reason for this species being reluctant to flower. Water it frequently and maintain high humidity during the warmer months. Give it a cooler drier rest in winter with occasional water or misting in the morning of sunny days to prevent the pseudobulbs from shrivelling.

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    Like so many hybrid NOIDs I don't think it is possible to be sure, but I would look among the hybrids that include a strong Brassia gireoudiana background. I don't think it is Brassia gireoudiana or any other species. Brassia Rex (verrucosa x gireoudiana) seems the most likely among the primary hybrids, but there are several more complex hybrids that might be possible.

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    I think it's going to remain a NOID. There are so many that look alike to me.

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    I have not found them ( Brassia hybrids) do terribly well in S/H, and don't know why. Maybe my media doesn't suit. What do you use ? Your plant certainly looks to be bursting with health.

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    I use the plastic pots with holes about an inch up from the bottom and prime-agra pellets. I have a 400 watt HID system upstairs, have the pots all in trays so that there's usually excess water standing around. I have a ceiling fan running 24/7, which evaporates the water pretty fast. I water twice a week, fertilize with one of the feedings. This plant simply took off like gangbusters when I got it home and repotted it. It could have simply had a good start.

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    Amazing Brassia... thanks for sharing.

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