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Brassavola

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GeneralitŠ°

The Brassavola genus is composed of 15-20 species of orchid, widespread in a large area from Mexico to Venezuela. They are all epiphytes or lithophytes, and grow both in the warmer climates of the oceanic coasts, and in the wet and cool areas of the highlands, they are found on the rocks, mangroves and even on cactus. These orchids do not have pseudobulbs, but a stem enlarged by about 10-15 centimeters, each stem carries a single leaf, at the base of which grows a long inflorescence, on which more flowers bloom, even if in some varieties the flowers are single. The brassavole are light green, white or yellow, and sometimes the labellum is dotted with red. B. Cucullata has very elongated labellum, sepals and petals, with long greenish filaments that start from the ends, grows over 1800 m above sea level, in cool and humid areas. Bodosa has a particular cylindrical labellum at the base, which widens up to open in the shape of a heart, grows at low altitudes, in hot and humid areas. B. Tuberculata grows near the sea.


Exposure

Usually brassavola orchids like light, much more than other orchid species, it is therefore advisable to place them in a very bright area, taking care however to shade them in the hottest periods of the year, to avoid burns to the leaves; It is also advisable to find a well-ventilated position, especially if the temperatures exceed 30 ° C. In winter it is good to keep them at a temperature that does not drop below 15 ° C.

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