Brassia:

Brassia and Intergeneric Hybrids     


Pictured is Brassia maculata by http://www.larsen-twins.dk

Brassia is a genus of orchids classified in the Oncidiinae subtribe. The genus was named after William Brass, a British botanist and illustrator, who collected plants in Africa under the supervision of Sir Joseph Banks. Its abbreviation in the horticultural trade is Brs.

Description

Brassia species and its popular hybrids are common in cultivation, and are notable for the characteristic long and spreading tepals (in some clones longer than 50 cm), which lend them the common name "spider orchid".

This epiphytic genus occurs in South Florida, the West-Indies and tropical America, in wet forests from sea level to altitudes under 1500 m, with the Peruvian Andes as its center. Occurrence is mostly restricted to a certain area, but Brassia caudata can be found over the whole geographic area.

They have large elliptic-oblong pseudobulbs with one or two leaves at the apex, lateral, unbranched many-flowered inflorescences with small floral bracts. The lip is not attached to the column. The pollinarium shows a narrow stipe. There are two distichous, foliaceous sheaths around the base, from which the inflorescence emerges.

Brassia has a very specific method for pollination : it uses entomophily : pollination by insects and in this case specifically by female spider-hunter wasps of the genera Pepsis and Campsomeris. Mistaken by the mimicry of Brassia, the wasp stings the lip, while trying to grasp its prey without any success. By these movements the wasp comes into contact with the pollinarium, that then sticks to its head. By flying to another Brassia flower, this flower gets pollinated. [by Wikipedia]

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all of the following are 
MATURE, blooming size plants that have BLOOMED AT LEAST ONCE PREVIOUSLY and should bloom within a year in their upcoming blooming season.
 

Bllra. Diana Dunn - In Buds/Bloom @ $0 *SOLD OUT*

posted Nov 1, 2013, 12:14 PM by T NP   [ updated Dec 24, 2013, 9:05 AM ]

Bllra. Diana Dunn
(Mtssa. Citron x Oda. Memoria Helen Scholle)

Attractive, good size, off-white with lavender blush background, highlighted with burgundy markings, star-shaped flowers.

Strong, husky plants.
In 4" pots - In Buds @ $0
*** SOLD OUT FOR NOW ***

Alcra. Sunday Best x Odm. bictoniense @ $16.

posted May 9, 2012, 2:30 PM by T NP   [ updated Aug 29, 2012, 4:09 PM ]

Alcra. Sunday Best x Odm. bictoniense

Mature Blooming Size plants with new growth.

In 4.25" pots - Reg. @ $16.

Banfieldara Gilded Tower

posted May 9, 2012, 2:03 PM by T NP   [ updated Aug 3, 2012, 9:29 AM ]

Banfieldara Gilded Tower
(Adgm. Summit x Brsdm. Gilded Urchin)

Dgmra. Sky Walker 'Red Star' HCC/AOS

posted Nov 7, 2011, 7:46 AM by T NP   [ updated Dec 5, 2011, 7:42 AM ]

                  Pictured is
Dgmra. Mem. Jay Yamada 'Kauai'
Dgmra. Sky Walker 'Red Star' HCC/AOS

Similar in shape to the pictured Dgmra. Mem. Jay Yamada 'Kauai' but with shorter flower stems, more like a Miltassia. Petals & sepals are more brownish-purple and lip is purple rather than pink. Easy to grow and bloom.

Wils. Newton Fire 'Hawaii'

posted Apr 19, 2011, 3:29 PM by T NP   [ updated Jan 3, 2012, 7:27 AM ]

                    Pictured is
Dgmra. Mem. Jay Yamada 'Kauai'

Wils. Newton Fire 'Hawaii'
(Mtssa. Charles M. Fitch x Odcdm. Black Beauty)

Very similar in shape to the pictured Dgmra. Mem. Jay Yamada 'Kauai', but with dark burgundy-mahogany flowers with deep red lip.  Very nice.

Brsdm. Tzeng-Wen Spot @ $18.

posted Apr 19, 2011, 2:52 PM by T NP   [ updated Sep 1, 2012, 12:50 PM ]

Brsdm. Tzeng-Wen Spot 
(Onc. Makalii 'Gotoh' x Brs. Rex 'Sakata')

This easy to grow and bloom Brassia hybrid has yellowish-green, star-shaped flowers with mahogany markings. 

Mature Blooming Size plants with new growth.

In 6" pots - Reg. @ $18.

Mtssa. Psychedelic Star

posted Dec 8, 2010, 5:56 PM by T NP   [ updated Jan 15, 2011, 10:59 AM ]

Mtssa. Psychedelic Star

An interesting hybrid between a brazilian Miltonia (warm-growing) and a Brassia with good size, cream-colored, starry-shaped flowers with a pinkish red blushing at base of lip, petals and sepals.

Dgmra. Winter Wonderland 'White Fairy'

posted Nov 23, 2010, 8:23 AM by T NP   [ updated May 7, 2012, 12:53 PM ]

Dgmra. Winter Wonderland 'White Fairy'

Large, star-shaped, white flowers with some lavender markings on lip.

Alcra. Sunday Best 'Muffin' AM/AOS

posted Nov 8, 2010, 10:15 AM by T NP   [ updated Nov 22, 2010, 9:01 AM ]

Alcra. Sunday Best 'Muffin' AM/AOS

Easy to grow and bloom with brownish, star-shaped flowers.

Alcra. Pacific Nova 'Butter Buds'

posted Jan 7, 2010, 1:00 PM by T NP   [ updated Sep 12, 2010, 11:35 AM ]


Alcra. Pacific Nova 'Butter Buds'
(Brsdm. Shooting Star x Milt. clowesii)

Nice husky plants, with tall flower stems bearing up to a dozen chartreuse-colored star-shaped flowers.

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