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Brassia verucosa Spider Orchid


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This is supposed to be the hardiest of the "spider orchids," taking temperatures down to freezing. I have just bought one and will have to expand on this later.
In their native central parts of the Americas they grow as epiphytes and appreciate gentle air movement, high humidity and bright light, but not direct sun, and copious water and fertiliser when in active growth. These are the requirements for most Brassias and Oncidiums. 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.
It is said to have many synonyms which are:-
Brassia aristata Lindley 1844, Brassia coryandra C. Morr. 1848, Brassia cowani R.H. Torr. ex Lindl. 1854, Brassia longiloba DC 1848, Brassia odontoglossoides Klotsch & Karst. 1847, Brassia ophioglossoides Klotzsch & Karst, Oncidium verrucosum [Lindley]Rchb.f 1863.
It is distinguished from the other Brassia by the green warts on the base of the lip.
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.

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