Brasiliorchis schunkeana

Brasiliorchis schunkeana

Brasiliorchis schunkeana is a miniature orchid with an almost black flower. The flower is not quite black, but rather a purple so dark it looks black.

This color makes it a very desired orchid.

It belongs to the family of Orchidaceae, subfamily Epidendroideae, tribe Cymbidieae, sub-tribe Maxillariinae, genus Brasiliorchis.

Description:

It is an epiphyte with a pseudo-bulb of 3.5 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, bearing two apical leaves. The leaves are green and measure 7-15 cm long and 7 mm wide.

The flower is 1 cm high and 1.5 cm wide. It is a very dark purple, almost black, a single flower on an erected stalk.

Flowering occurs in spring and lasts about 4-6 weeks.

Synonyms:

Maxillaria schunkeana, Bolbidium schunkeanum
Brasiliorchis schunkiana: is not a synonym but a different spelling. Both spellings are recorded as accepted names in different sources.

Origin:

Espírito Santo (Brazil)

Habitat:

Rain forests of the Atlantic coast of Brazil, at 600 m altitude.

Etymology:

Brasiliorchis: refers to the Brazilian origin of the orchid
Schunkeana: in honor of Vital Schunk

Care:

Temperature:

Temperate to cold, can be grown indoors.

Light:

Partial shade

Water:

Keep the substrate moist throughout the year.

Substrate:

Special substrate for orchids.

Fertilizer:

Provide specialized orchid fertilizer one time per month.

Repot:

Every 2-3 years, in the spring, when the roots become too large for the pot.

Propagation:

By division in spring, when repotting.

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