Brassavola cucullata

I did a rough count of my orchids the other day and found that I have about a 50/50 species to hybrid ratio. For some reason, the species are the ones that are blooming for me recently.

This species, a  Brassavola cucullata orchid, is sending me some love currently. This one is more or less a rescue. I think it had been sitting in the dark (relatively speaking) for a long while, so it barely had any leaves. Then I put it in such an extremely strong and toasty sun that I would personally get 2nd degree burn myself, but the orchid is thriving.

Brassavola cucullata

The solo Brassavola cucullata

Doesn’t it look like an old man with long and flowy beard? I found it interesting that the white lip extends out and becomes yellow, just like the other parts. Like other white/green/pale yellow orchids, Brassavola cucullata is a night-pollinated orchid, and it also sends its fragrance at night. I think it smells somewhat similar to Brassavola nodosa, but maybe not as strong.

Brassavola cucullata close-up

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