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 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.
Maxillaria schunkeana, Bolbidium schunkeanum
Brasiliorchis schunkiana: is not a synonym but a different spelling. Both spellings are recorded as accepted names in different sources.
Espírito Santo (Brazil)
Rain forests of the Atlantic coast of Brazil, at 600 m altitude.
Brasiliorchis: refers to the Brazilian origin of the orchid
Schunkeana: in honor of Vital Schunk
Temperate to cold, can be grown indoors.
Keep the substrate moist throughout the year.
Special substrate for orchids.
Provide specialized orchid fertilizer one time per month.
Every 2-3 years, in the spring, when the roots become too large for the pot.
By division in spring, when repotting.
- Brasiliorchis schunkeana: Dalton Holland Baptista